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Vo-. 90, NO. 65 




Paramount to Release 22 Before Sept. 1 — Reagan 

"Two Years Before Mast' 
On Nov. 22 Is the First 
Of Films Tentatively Set 

Paramount has tentatively sched- 
uled 22 features for release between 
Nov. 22 and Sept. 1, 1947, Charles 
M. Reagan, dis- 
tribution head, re- 
vealed yesterday 
at the start of a 
series of home 
office confabs 
with district and 
branch heads, 
called to consider 
equity decree 
sales problems. 

Reagan, in mak- 
ing the disclosure, 
said Para, would 
release as many 
pictures "as the 
company could 
handle and the 
market was capable of absorbing." 
First of the releases, which will 
bt Para.'s Thanksgiving holiday pic, 
(Continued on Page 8) 


Tax Collections for 
July $39,537,980 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Although falling off 
slightly from the previous month, 
the admissions tax collection for 
August, on July business, continued 
reassuringly high. The drop was 
(Continued on Page 9) 

JVo Cinecolor for 

Low-Budget Pix 

West Coast Bur.. THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — William Crespinel, 
president of Cinecolor, announced a 
new policy which will prohibit fu- 
ture commitments to producers of 
low-budget pictures which he figures 
are those under $250,000. The fig- 
ure is flexible, depending on story 
materia! and production. 

"We find that it is financially im- 
possible for a producer of a low- 
budget film to provide proper light- 
ing, make-up and color harmony in 
these pictures," said Crespinel. 

v. S. and Dutch Reps Draft Convention 

For Avoidance of Double Taxation 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Representatives ^f the United States and the Netherlands 
have completed discussions in the Hague exploring the possible bases for con- 
ventions for avoidance of double taxation with respect to income taxes and 
estate taxes, the State Department announced yesterday. 

As a result of these discussions, there has been drawn up a draft convention 
which is being submitted to both governments for consideration with a view 
to signature. 

Official Scrutiny for 
ilms for UNESCO! 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — While emphasizing 
it is opposed to censorship "at all 
times," the National Commission for 
UNESCO, in its final i-eport sub- 
mitted to Secretary of State James 
Bvrnes, firmly stated that the "qual- 
ity" of mass media, including motion 
pictures, should come under the of- 
ficial scrutiny of the international 

By inference indicating that some 
pix and other mass media fall short 
of promoting international goodwill 
(Continued on Page 8) 

Balaban, Nizer at Hub 
Jewish Appeal Dinner 

Boston — More than 300 motion 
picture exhibitors and distributors 
from Greater Boston will attend a 
special kick-off dinner tonight at 
the Hotel Bradford to inaugurate 
their participation in the 1946 
Greater Boston Combined Jewish 
Appeal campaign. Guest of honor 
(Continued on Page 3) 

Sees Pix Factor in 
U. S. Prestige Loss 


FILM DAILY Staff Writer 
American prestige abroad has 

taken a no-edive, Richard de Roche- 

mont, producer of the March of 
Time, told a press 
conference yes- 
terday, upon his 
return from a 
four-week tour of 
England and 

De Roche m on t 
said he got the 
impression that 
Hollywood films 
were largely re- 
sponsible for this 
state of affairs, 
after having 
£poken to hun- 
dreds of people in 
all walks of life. 
As one friend told 

him, "Americans are agreeable rich 


The film is the one direct contact 
(Continued on Page 10) 



CSV Charges ^^Conspiracy 

Files With NLRB Against 10 Studios, lATSE 

"Outlaw" Brings Demand 
For N. J. State Censors 

Atlantic City, N. J. — A resolution 
calling for a state board of censors 
as the result of the recent Atlantic 
City controversy over Howard 
Hughes' "The Outlaw," was adopted 
unanimously Saturday by the New 
(Continued on Page 3) 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Seven Conference of 
Studio Union locals Monday filed 
charges with NLRB claiming that 
10 major studios and the lATSE con- 
spired to deny them their legal 
rights and that the studios refused 
to bargain with them collectively 
since Oct. 24, 1945. j 

M-G-M yesterday again bore the ' 
(Continued on Page 10) ' 

Court to Hear Interven- 
tion Motion on Oct. 21; 
Findings of Fact Oct. 22 

Procedure for the final phases of 
the New York equity suit was de- 
termined yesterday at a meeting at- 
tended by Federal Judges John 
Bright and Henry W. Goddard, Rob- 
ert L. Wright, special assistant to 
the Attorney General, and three at- 
torneys for the distributor defend- 
ants. They were Whitney North 
(Continued on Page 3) 

Must Keep Product 
Rolling— Balaban 

Distributors must keep product 
rolling to the theaters, Barney Bala- 
ban, Para, prexy, yesterday told 
special field reps, and home office 
and department heads at the meeting 
(Continued on Page 10) 

Bragg, Canadian Odeon 
Exec. Dies; Rites Today 

Toronto — Funeral services will be 

conducted this afternoon at St. 

Michaels and All Angels Church for 

Thomas J. Bragg, executive of the 

(Continued on Page 10) 

International Airing 
Set for Jolson Dinner 

it looks like SRO for the AVC 
Jolson testimonial at the Astor to- 
night, with more big "names" than 
you can shake a stick at present. 
Sale of tickets has been stopped to 
prevent overcrowding. Novelty of fna 
night will the three-way interna- 
tional broadcast, with pick - up cf 
tributes from New York, Hollywood 
and London from 10:30 to 11:30 
over Mutual. George Jesrei will em- 
cee the Coast portion of the broad- 
cast. Anne Neagle and Charles 
Cochrane will broadcast from Lon- 
don. Hildegarde, Perry Como and 
Martha Raye will be picked up here, 
and Bob Hope, Eddie Cantor, Dinah 
Shore, Frank Sinatra, Burns & Allen 
and Mitchell Ayers and ork from 



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MANNY REINER, Latin-American manager for 
Vanguaid Films and Selznick-lnternational. ar- 
rived in Buenos Aires yesterday, for a month's 
survey of the film market in Argentina, Uruguay 
and Paraguay. 

JOHN bALABAN returned to Chicago today 
from New York. 

CHARLES RYAN returned to Chicago yesterday 
from Hollywood. 

MACK CORDON, 20th-Fox producer, arrived 
yesterday from the Coast with MRS. GORDON 
for a three-week stay. 

MRS. BILLY GRADY, wife of the M-C-M 
casting director, is here from the Coast. She is 
staying at the Waldorf-Astoria. 

LOUIS NIZER flies to Boston today from New 

KATHARINE HEPBURN is visiting her parents, 
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas N. Hepburn at Hartford, 

DAVID MATE, manager, the Embassy Theater, 
has returned to Newark, N. J. from a business 
trip to Connecticut. 

SIDNEY FRANKLIN, owner, the Little Theater, 
Newark, N. J., has returned from a trip to Bos- 

ANNE JEFFREYS will leave Hollywood on Sun- 
day for New York. 

STANLEY HIGGINSON, managing director for 
Warner Bros, in Australia, is due here Monday for 
a series of home office conferences. 

HERMAN GOLDBERG, purchasing agent and 
supervisor of maintenance for Warners' ex- 
changes, will be in New Haven for the next 
few days. 

OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND and her writer hus- 
band, MARCUS GOODRICH, are honeymooning 
in Eufaula, Ala., where they are the guests of 
Comer Jennings, textile magnate. 

ANN V. O'DONNELL, in charge of branch 
operations for Screen Guild Productions. Detroit, 
is back from a 10-day vacation in New York 

JOSEPH CALLAHAN, of Paramount's home of- 
fice exploitation department, is back from a 
Coast vacation. 

JERRY COOPER, of Paramount's home office 
exploitation staff has returned from a Canadian 

WALTER PIDCEON returned to the Coast from 
Dallas at the week-end, following a premiere 
showing of M-G-M's "Holiday in Mexico." 

ELLA RAINES, screen actress, arrived here by 
plane from the Coast Sunday. 

CATHERINE McLEOD, star of Republic's "I've 
Always Loved Ycu." arrived in St. Louis yes- 
terday by olane from New York. 

BETTY SMITH, author of "A Tree Grows In 
Brooklyn," is en route to Switzerland where 
she will write a motion picture which she will 
also direct. 

AUBREY BLACKBURN, English theatrical agent, 
arrived in New York to confer with Leah Salis- 
bury regarding the English production of "Deep 
Are The Roots." 

GEORGE K. SIDNEY, M-G-M director and 
his wife, are in Chicago for a few days. 

SAM KATZ, M-C-M studio executive, re- 
turns today to the Coast after 3 visit to his 
mother's home in Chicago where his brother 
Harry, head of Monarch Theaters of Indiana, 
suffered a heart attack and is now recuperating. 

WILLIAM G. BRENNER, head of M-G-M's 
checking department, is slated to leave Kansas 
Citv today for New York. 

MINELLI. director, are back on the Coast 
after a two-week vacation in New York. 


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Johnston Deoarture for 
Europe Off Till Saturday 

Eric A. Johnston and his MPAA 
party will leave LaGuardia Field 
Saturday morning for London, their 
departure deferred because of .John- 
s^'on's particination in continuing 
Washington meetings of the Office 
of War Mobilization and Recon- 
version advisory committee. 







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CHARLES K. STERN, Loew assistant treasurer, 
is due back from Chicago on Thursday. 

MAX WOLF, head of M-G-M and Loew pur- 
chasing, leaves St. Louis today for Nsw York. 

MAURICE SMILAY, JR., assistant manager of 
the Highland Park Theater, Highland Park. 
Mich., and nephew of Harold H. Smilay, partner 
in Associated Theaters Circuit, Detroit, has left 
for Denver, where he plans to go into business 
for himself. 

BEN BERGER. president of North Central Al- 
lied, is in Washington for the ClEA meet. 

EMA FENSKE, cashier at M-G-M exchange, 
Minneapolis, is vacationing at Croton, S. D. 

HANNAH SUNDLOFF, booker at M-G-M ex- 
change, Minneapolis, is vacationing at Paynes- 
ville, Minn. 

E. J. McERLANE, booker at Warner Bros.. 
Minneapolis, is vacationing in Oklahoma. 

BURGESS MEREDITH is scheduled to arrive 
in New York from Hollywood today. 

PAT O'BRIEN, RKO star, is stopping at the 
Sherry Netherlands. 

GEORGE RAFT is at the Gotham Hotel. 

DOUGLAS BECK, RKO exploiteer. is in At- 
lanta from Washington to help with the premi- 
ere of "Song of the South." 

ROBERT CUMMINGS is due to arrive in 
Washington by air today to address the "kick- 
off" luncheon of the women's committee of the 
National Symphony. 

ANDREW STONE arrived in New York from 
Hollywood yesterday. 

E. L. SCHMMIEL, export manager of Bell & 
Howell, has returned to Chicago from an over- 
seas business trip. 

BUFORD STYLES, office manager for U-1 in 
Atlanta, is vacationing in Miami. 

WILLIAM RICHARDSON, head of Astor in 
Atlanta, has been combining a business and 
pleasure trip in South Georgia. 

EMORY AUSTIN, M-G-M's press chief in At- 
lanta, is back from a business trip to New 

HOWARD WALLACE, branch manager of Sack 
Amusement, has returned to Atlanta after a tour 
of the Carolinas. 

EDWARD L. HYMAN, vice-president of Para- 
mount Theaters Service Corp., and SI SIEGAL 
and JOSEPH J. DEITCH left by air for an ex- 
tended business trip covering Minneapolis, Kan- 
sas City, Phoenix and Salt Lake. They will be ab- 
sent from New York for about two weeks. 

REX TAYLOR, Eastern pictorial co-ordinator 
for Paramount, was back at his desk yesterday 
after a studio visit. 

FPC Executives Mapping 
1946-7 Operating Program 

Toronto — District managers f: 
all parts of Canada arrived yestercie 
at the Royal York Hotel for confe 
ence with home office executive.- 
Famous Players Canadian to orga 
ize the operating program for -i-l 
The three-day sessions being d: 
rected by President J. J. Fitzgibbon: 
Assisting in the discussions ar 
Morris Stein, Eastern general mai 
ager and L. I. Bearg, who is Wes* 
em general manager. From distar 
zones are R. S. Roddick, Halifa: \ 
Eddie Zom and Harold Bishop, Wii 
nipeg, Frank Gow and Maynai 
Joiner, Vancouver, and T. R. Tul 
man, Ottawa. 

Ohio Co-op Closes Deals 
For UA, Columbia Films 

Cleveland, O. — Moe Dudel = 
United Artists, district manager 
William S. Shartin, Cleveland brar.. 
manager, have closed approved dea 
with Milton A. Mooney, head of C ' 
operative Theatres of Ohio. Moont 
also reports that he has closed 
aeal with Sam Galanty, Louis Asti 
and Lester Zucker, for Columb 
product. Co-operative Theatre; 
Ohio serves over a hundred theat- 
in the northern Ohio area. 

LoetBarnstyn Distributing Corp. 

Exporters — Independent Distributor; 
Major Company Releases for Europe 

141 W. 54th St., New York 19, N. Y. 

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(French Version) 

1:30 P.M. 



i"uesday, October 1, 1946 

a. Cities May As!( 
usement Tax Riglil 

Harrisburg, Pa. — A proposal that 
he State Legislature be asked to 
Ikuthorize a theater and amusement 
ari;tax for the benefit of cities of the 
•^•j phi^'^^lass was discussed here dur- 
ing )s 47th annual convention of 
"Jfihe League of Third Class Cities. 
m The proposal would authorize a 
uritax on "all public amusements, en- 
"{tertainments or exhibitions" at not 
' inore than 5 per cent per admission, 
-'"'and in no case less than one per cent. 
i;; lAnother proposal suggested that the 
J, legislature be asked to authorize the 
.taxation of juke boxes, pinball ma- 
I,. chines and vending machines, which 
j.;|would include candy machines in 

1 1 Referring espe'-ially to the amuse- 
Iment tax, Ren. Franklin H. Lichten- 
i'walter, Lehigh County, Republican 
floor leader in the state house, de- 
clared at a dinner meeting that 
I there was too much tendency on the 
|. part of State and Federal Govern- 
:'iment agencies to usurp the powers 
hof local government to levy taxes. 
I Such revenue, he declared, should 
J be reserved for local taxing pur- 
^ poses, rather than to aid state or 
' national treasuries. 
y; Wao-e increase to city employes 
'land increased costs were cited as 
■ reasons for the proposed tax authori- 
I ' zations. 

"Outlaw" Brinas Demand 
For N. J. State Censors 

(Continued from Page 1) 
■ Jersey Conference of the Methodist 
Church at Ocean City. 

The resolution was presented by 
the Rev. G. F. McLeave of Medford, 
Pa., and was drawn at the sugges- 
tion of BishoD Fred P. Corson, the 
presiding officer of the conference. 
A copy of the action was ordered 
sent to all legislators of the state. 

It stajl-ed "recent pictures shown 
in New Jersey have been of an im- 
moral nature and it is a known fact 
that motion pictures have a great 
psychological and moral effect upon 
people," and went on to say that 
at present there is no ?tate ma- 
chinery to prevent the showing of 
such pictures. 

The city was restrained from in- 
terfering with the showing of the 
picture by a temporary restraining 

Albert Schultz Dead 

Newark, N. J. — Albert Schultz, 
operator at Loew's State Theater for 
16 years, died at his home after a 
short illness. 


Oct. 1 

M. E. A. Tucker Laura LaPlante 

Ernest Rovelstad 

Tuesday's Tattlings 

• • • CUFF NOTES: James M. Cain's proposal for an American 
Authors Authortiy is slapped down editorially by Editor & Publisher 

in the current issue Fourth Estate's trade journal fears that if the 

Coin Plan goes thru, next move will be to control syndicated material 

The New York Daily News editorially blasted ths proposal yes- 
terday Among other things, the News sold it failed to see how 

politics and ideology could be kept out of the Authority. ... • An- 
nual photo exhbit of the Press Photographers Association of N. Y. opens 
on the 12th in Radio City's Museum of Science and Industry. . . . 

• B. G. De Sylva has presented his famed collection of French Im- 
pressionist paintings to the. Los Angeles County Museum: it's the 
Museimi's largest art gift to date. ... • Daniel T. O'Shea, Vanguard's 
prexy, is a New York visitor. ... • The Veterans Administration holds 
authority to acquire, without cost, any film ecjuipment owned by the Red 
Cross in Army and Navy hospitals turned over to the VA. ... • Brig. 
Gen. David Sarnoff, RCA prexy, speaking at a Waldorf-Astoria dinner 
last night marking his 40 years in radio, forecast radio mail delivery 
and "push-button" weather control. ... • The Venice Film Festival 
gave the palm to "Paisan," produced by Rod E. Geiger, a New Yorker, 

in collaboralion with an Italian group, OFI Geiger, now in Rome, 

is coming home this Fall and wU be accompanied by Roberto Ros- 
selini, who directed "Paisan" as well as "Open City.". . . • Claire 
Trevor is an added attraction at today's Ampa limcheon at Sardi's 

T ▼ T 

• • • WRONG-NUMBER-CAN-BE-FUN DEP'T.: A Paramount staffer 
in quest of two stuffed owls for display at Paromount's exploitation con- 
fab next week as a gag pointing up the importance of wide-awakeness 
in film promotion was on the phone talking to what he thought was a 

taxidermist Over the phone came a voice with a German accent, 

saying: "We have stuffed duck and stuffed turkey, but we have 

no stuffed owl This is a delicatessen" 

T T T 

• • • ODDS AND ENDS: Louis Prima ork has been set to headline 
the Chicago RKO Palace's 20th cmniversary stage show the week of 
Oct. 24. . . . • Any medium of the graphic arts will be eligible for the 
New York SPG's forthcoming Art Show. ... • Swamped with phone 
calls seeking show time info., Interstate's now using a display space box 
giving house opening hours and feature starting times in San Antonio 
dailies. . . . • Add Things to Think About Dept.: The California 
Supreme Court unanimously has held that the State's own anti-trust 

law, passed in 1907, is constitutional Since the U. S. Supreme Court 

knocked out a similar Colorado statute some years ago, the California 
act had been regarded as a dead letter, ... • Didja know that more 
than 1,000 special trailer ideas have appeared in the pages of the NSS 

publication. Mister Showman, since its inaugural three years ago? 

That's service! ... • Publishers' stocks of newsprint in the U. S. ore re- 
ported at their lowest recorded levels. ... • Local 110, Operators, in 
Chicago, already has 75 members who have graduated from a Windy 
City tele school, and 100 more members are now taking the tele course 

That's preparedness, boys. ... • Approximately $7,000 worth of 

motion picture equipment, including 22 portable projectors, has been do- 
nated to the Veterans Administration hospitals in Texas, Louisiana and 
Mississippi, by the Variety Club of Texas 

T ▼ T 

• • • ADD FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: "I want to be the bad boy of 
the motion picture industry, and so, in spite of attractive offers from 

Hollywood, I could not fit into o large organization" That's by 

Gabriel Pascal, as quoted by Otis L. Guernsey, Jr., in the N. Y. Herald- 

Decide on Procedure 
In N. Y. Equily Case 

(Continued from Page 1) 
Seymour, George Raftery and Max 
Rose. Harold Lasser of the New 
Yoi'k Department of Justice office 
also was present. 

Motions for intervention in the 
case by American Theaters Associa- 
tion and Confederacy of Southern 
Associations will be heard by the 
three-judge court on Oct. 21, as well 
as the motion by Sidney Lust, Wash- 
ington circuit operator, to have a 
decision of the arbitration appeals 
board set aside. 

On Oct. 22, the court will hear the 
defendants' arguments on their find- 
ings of facts and cnn'^lusions of law 
and the "Big Five's" and Govern- 
ment's proposal for a final decree in 
the case. These hearings are ex- 
pected to take "several days," ac- 
cording to the attorneys, as volumi- 
nous findings have been submitted 
by all parties. 

Hear Intervention Pleas Today 

Today, Federal Judge Francis G. 
Caffey will hear applications for 
leave to intervene by the ATA and 
CSU and will refer them to the 
statutory court which will hear the 
arg-uments on the motions Oct. 21. 
Objections to the interventions have 
been submitted by the Denartment 
of Justice in a letter to the court. 
R is understood that the "Big Five" 
glso are opposed to intervention on 
the part of ATA and CSU. although 
they have not expressed themselves 

The court is expected to enter its 
final decree in about a month after 
the oral arguments. 

Balaban. Nizer at Hub 
Tewish Appeal Dinner 

(Continued from Page 1) 
will be Barney Balaban, president 
of Paramount, who is servinon as na- 
tional chairman of the motion pic- 
ture division of the $100,000,000 
United .Tewish Fmer<:^ency csmDais-n. 
Louis Nizer will be the guest speak- 
er. Samuel Pinanski of M and P 
Theatres, chairman of the Greater 
Boston motion picture d'vision. has 
announced a goal of $250,000 for 
this film group. 


E. S. OLSMITH, branch manager of 
Universal, Dallas, Tex., is recovering from a 
lieart attack, in the Baylor Hospital, but is 
sxpected to be confined for abcut eight 

JACK ANDREWS, Paramount salesman at 
Omaha, took ill while rn the territory and 
now after recovering sufficiently to return 
home is resting before returning to work. 

G. E. McGLYNN, M-G-M Omaha branch 
msnager, has left the hospital after an 
operation for appendicitis. 


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THE Bf€ 

Jack L.Warner, Executive Producer 




Tuesday, October 1, 1946! 



with Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor 
M-G-M 116 Mins. 


All the superlatives and very probably 
a batch of new ones will be called upon 
to give praise to "Undercurrent." In a 
season that started in a whirl of lightness 
and color "Undercurrent" arrives to stir 
profoundly and provide an emotional im- 
pact seldom encountered in the artificiality 
of the film medium. 

Katherine Hepburn has a role that lines 
her up for unquestioned leadership in her 
chosen line of endeavor and when the con- 
clusion rolls past, the viewer will be limp, 
exhausted, stirred. 'Undercurrent" for ex- 
hibitor and patron is one of those all too 
rare events. 

From the outset a scheme of suspense is 
created in the direction of Vincente Minelli 
that moves and builds to quite unbearable 
heights and there is a fairly hair-raising 
scene most certainly not for the impression- 
able and thin-skinned. 

As the story is the thing and as each 
new role enhances a player's estimation and 
adds to stature of indicated potentialities 
so will this film set laurels f:r Robert Tay- 
lor, Robert Mitchum and the supporting 
cast that includes Edmund Gwenn, Marjorie 
Main, Jayne Meadows, Clinton Sundberg 
and Dan Tobin. 

The story is a beautiful example of screen 
writing; intelligent, warm, inventive and 
given the limit in interpretation. Edward 
Chodorov has done handsomely and credit- 
ably by Theima Strabel's original. On the 
music side a Brahms piano concerto tinges, 
emphasizes, heightens and sets off the dra- 
matic content and in this respect, for his 
taste and contribution to the whole, Herbert 
Stothart rates special consideration in the 
distribution of laudatory remarks. 

Miss Hepburn is a young girl swept off 
her feet by a rapid marriage to Taylor, a 
rich, renowned manufacturer, and set down 
amid the glamor of capital society and the 
country life of aristrocratic Virginia. And as 
marital life settles upon her she becomes 
aware of something not entirely right in 
her husband's action. His brother is rele- 
gated to chance remarks, abrupt dismissal. 
He speaks little of his family. 

There's a murder in the background of 
Taylor's career and a subtle hatred in his 
business and social life. Miss Hepburn by 
following instinct and emotion takes up the 
trail of confusion and without being aware, 
falls in love with Taylor's brother whom 
she has never wittingly seen. He's Mitchum. 
At length Taylor is. shown up and he at- 
tempts to kill Miss Hepburn. He fails, how- 
ever, and is killed himself. Miss Hepburn, 
recovers and finds a new life with Mitchum. 
This is one of the best. 

CAST: Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor, 
Robert Mitchum, Edmund Cwenn, Marjorie Main, 
)ayne Meadows, Clinton Sundberg, Dan Tobin, 
Kjthryn Card, Leigh Whipper, Charles Trow- 
bridge, James Westerfield, Bill McLain. 

CREDITS: Producer, Pandro S. Berman; Direc- 
tor. Vincente Minelli; Screenplay by Edward 
Cnodcrcv from an original story by Theima Stra- 
bel; Cameraman, Karl Freund; Film Editor, Fer- 
ris Webster; Sound, Douglas Shearer; Art Director, 
Ce^ric CiSbons; Set decorations, Edwin B. Willis, 
Jack D. Moore. 


"Gentleman Joe 

with Leon Errol, Joe Kirkwocd, Guy Kibbee, 

Elyse Knox and Lionel Stander 


Monogram 70 Mins. 


The second Hal Chester offering, based 
on the well-known comic strip, has been 
given good production, direction and acting. 
It has wider appeal than the first picture 
of the series and does nst depend on fisti- 
cuffs alone to create interest. 

Leon Errol scores as the manager of Joe 
Kirkwood, who plays the title role, while 
Lionel Stander is splendid as a sports writer. 
Guy Kibbee is another important factor in 
the cast and Elyse Knox is appealing in her 

In addition to doing a good job of di- 
recting, Cyril Endfield wrote the screen- 
play. Bernard W. Burton functioned as as- 
sociate producer. 

Kibbee sees in Kirkwood, the popular 
fight champion, a chance to dupe the public 
and federal government and pull an oil- 
land steal. The unwitting Kirkwcod ad- 
dresses various youth and other groups and 
gains strong support for the move to have 
the federal government relinquish certain 
land to K.bbee's state. 

Kibbee feels he can control the state 
legislature and get the oil rights to the 
land. However, Errol learns of the scheme 
and enlists the aid of Stander in exposing 
Kibbee and his associates. 

CAST: Leon Errol, Joe Kirkwood, Guy Kibbee, 
Elyse Knox, Lionel Stander, H. B. Warner, Stan- 
ley Prager, Warren Hymer, Richard Lane, Cliff 
Nazarro, Fritz Feld, Sarah Padden, Louis Jean 
Heydt, Freddie Steele, Tommy Harmon, Roy At- 
well, Ian Wolfe, Sam McDanlel, Eddie Cribbon, 
Roger Daniel, Marie Blake, William Forrest, 
Dick Fishell, Jack Ro'per, John Indrisano. 

CREDITS: Producer, Hal E. Chester; Associ- 
ate Producer, Bernard W. Burton; Director, 
Cyril Endfield; Screenplay, Cyril Endfield; Cam- 
eraman, William Sickner; Art Director, Dave Mil- 
ton; Musical Director, Edward J. Kay; Editor, 
Ralph Dixon. 


Guehl Named Universal 
Pittsburgh Branch Head 

Pittsburgh — Francis Guehl, city 
saleiman for Universal, has ibeen 
named branch manager to succeed 
Pete Dana, now Universal's district 
manager for the Cleveland-Pitts- 
burgh area, it was reported yester- 
day. Guehl has been with the com- 
pany for over 22 years in the local 
exchange, and has held every posi- 
tion possible in the branch before 
reaching his current assignment. 

Stem in Indie Production 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Henry Stern, formerly 
Eastern district manager for PRC, is 
entering independent production and 
will make a picture to be called "Im- 
perial Valley" based on an original 
.jtory by Gordon Rigby. 

Pix in Clinton Heights 

Albany — Norman Pratt, exhibitor, 
has opened a film theater in Fire- 
men's Hall, Clinton Heights. 

"Below the Deadline" 

with Warren Douglas, Ramsay Ames 
Monogram 65 Mins. 


While this is not probably the ultimate 
treatment of the problem of the returned 
veteran who finds himself covered with 
glory but otherwise neglected in terms of 
re-acceptance in business and social life, 
it does hwwever send home its moralizing 
points and attempts a solution. 

In this case the story involves itself with 
a racketeer who was formerly a piloi. He re- 
turns to take up the business of his mur- 
dered brother which is a slightly illegal dice 
game set up in cafes and niteries. To remain 
in his business he requires the benign atti- 
tude of the local mayor's oj^fice and con- 
tributes to political campaign collections. 

In assuming the job, Warren Douglas 
starts out with more than the usual bang, 
hie doffs his uniform and immediately slugs 
a couple of birds who were getting out of 
line. Next he takes up with Miss Arnes, 
who handles the game in a joint. Trouble 
looms when an investigator brings word 
that the girls in the business are under- 
age. Douglas tries to remedy this and in 
so doing gets more or less romantically in- 
volved with Miss Ames. His former com- 
manding officer appears with a scheme 
for an airplane business. Douglas finances 
it but the money is optimistically diverted 
to land a reform mayoralty candidate in 
office. The rival racket interests learn this 
and make an attempt on Douglas' life which 
leads up to a moralistic and romantic climax. 

The telling is effective and the production 
hclds up. William Beaudine's direction 
blends the required elements neatly. 

CAST: Warren iDouglas, Ramsay Ames, Jan 
Wiley, Paul Maxey, Philip Van Zandt, John 
Harmon, Bruce Edwards, George Meeker, Cay 
Forrester, Alan Bridges. 

CREDITS: Producer, Lindsley Parsons; Director, 
William Beaudine;; Screenplay, Harvey Gates, 
Forrest Judd; Original story, Ivan Tors; Camera- 
man, Harry Neumann; Film Editor, Richard Cur- 
rier; Sound, Frank McWhorter; Music, Edward J. 


Republic Pix to Play 
130 Theaters of FPC 

Toronto, Canada — Republic has 
closed a deal for its 1946-47 program 
with Famous Players Canadian oper- 
ating 130 theaters in Canada. 

James R. Grainger, Republic ex- 
ecutive vice-president and general 
tales manager, flew to Canada to sit 
in with A. W. Perry, president of 
Empire Films, Ltd., distributors of 
Republic product in Canada; John J. 
Fitzgibbons, circuit president; and 
Ben Geldsaler, chief film buyer. 

Maynor Short by Yorke 

Over the week-end at Fox Movie- 
tone Studios, Emerson Yorke Studio 
completed shooting on "A iMessage 
from Maynor," starring the concert 
soprano, Dorothy Maynor, assisted 
by a group of male singers from the 
Hall Johnson choir. Burgi Contner 
handled the cameras on the film 
which was directed by Yorke. 

"Outlaw of the J 

with Buster Crabbe, Al St. John 
PRC 56 Min j 


The western, being staple gcods in tKi 
screen fare market, can always be g>v^ 
an additional shot in the arm by the intn 
duction of a novel twist into the piot. Tn 
one has that novel twist and by virtue 
it should send the audience away pieasi 
and happy. 

Probably for the first time spirituals ,' 
becomes the prime mover of western aci 
tion in a boots and saddles cpus. Al "Fu: 
zy" St. John dabbles in the occult. He h. 
a crystal. Gazing into it he summons h 
spirit guide — a defunct Indian — or so ! 
believes. Actually the voices St. John hee 
come from a rubber tube-funnel arrangi 
ment rigged up by a couple of smart coi 
nivers who are set to do the local rancne 
cut of a fair sum of moola. There's a go! 
claim involved in the telling which is 
plant for the suckers. 

St. John desires Crabbe to share in t 
portending good fortune. Crabbe arrives 
the scene and immediately the spirit co 
trol goes haywire and the culprits are so 
getting tough. Crabbe uncovers the ru; 
The crooks get the dough and make for t 
border but are overtaken and taken, tc 
The money is returned. Justice triump 
and everyone is happy again. Crabbe riu 
off to further adventures. 

While the humor is primitive it nev« 
theless will find an audience which v, 
appreciate its ramifications. It is play 
to advantage by all concerned. i 

CAST: Buster Crabbe, Al St. John, Patti 1/ 
Carty, Charles King, Jr., Karl Hackett, J: 
O'Shea, Bud Osborne, Budd Buster, Roy Bie 
Slim Whitaker. 

CREDITS: Producer, Sigmund Neufeld; Din 
tor, Sam Newfield; Original stoiy, E.mer Clirtc 
Screenplay, A. Fredric Evans; Cameraman, J; 
Greenhaigh; Sound, E!den Ruberg' Music, 1- 
Zahler; Him Editor, Holbrook N. Todd. 


Youngstein's Eagle-Lion 
Appointment Confirmed 

Max E. Youngstein's appointme 
as director of advertising and pi. 
licity of Eagle-Lion Films was £ 
nounced yesterday by A. W. Schw 
berg, vice-president and gene: 
sales manager. 

Youngstein recently was gene 
manager of Story Productions, Irj 
and vice-president and general ma^ 
ager of Richard Condon, Inc. Youn 
stein stants work immediately j 
completing advertising, public 
and exploitation campaigns for "I 
a Joke," starring Kenny Delmar. 

Wallis's First for 1947 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAI, 

Hollywood — Hal Wallis has plat 
"The Life of Tchaikovski" at ^ 
head of his 1947 schedule and pU 
to make it in Technicolor with a c 
to be drawn from top names in i 



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Tuesday, October 1, \9M\ 

Offidal Scrutiny for 
Films for UNESCO! 

(Continued from Page 1) 
and creating an understanding of 
this country, the Commission's re- 
port said "serious study" should be 
given to the "means by %Yhich the 
mass media may be of more posi- 
tive and creative sei'vice to the cause 
of international understanding and 
therefore of peace." 

The Commission tempered its all- 
out backing of proposals for re- 
moval of obstacles to the free flow 
of information recommended by its 
committee of consultants, by calling 
for a close watch over "quality" of 
mass media. 

By its reservations, the Commis- 
sion noted that it "differed" from its 
committee of consultants. This com- 
mittee consisted of Col. John Hay 
Whitney, Edward W. Barrett, Thur- 
man L. Bernard, Don Francisco and 
Ferdinand Kuhn. 

The final report was submitted to 
Secretary Byrnes by Assistant Sec- 
retary of State William Benton, who 
termed the national commission's 
recommendations "bold and con- 

Fifth Ohio Variety Club 
fent Sought in Toledo 

A charter for a Variety Club tent 
in Toledo, 0., has been applied for 
by a group of 11 men, R. J. O'Don- 
nell, national chief barker, repox'ted 
yesterday. This will make the fifth 
tent in the state when the applica- 
tion is approved. 

Temporary headquarters wall be in 
the Willard Hotel and membership 
will include eligible applicants from 
Lucas County to be resident mem- 

The application was signed by 
Howard Feigley, Rivoli Theater; 
Marvin Harris, Paramount Theater; 
Ted Teschner, Valentine Theater; 
Jack Lykes, Colony Theater; Jack 
Armstrong, State Theater; Jiles 
Robb, Princess Theater; Steve Toth, 
Esquire Theater; James Dempsey, 
Telegraph Drive-In; Jack O'Connell, 
Loop and Ohio Theaters; Milt Tar- 
loff, Home & Sports Show, and 
Mitch Woodbury, Toledo Blade. 

San Antonio Theaters 
Escape Flood Damage 

Maude Jeffries Dead 

Memphis, Tenn. — Maud Jeffries, 
77, one of America's outstanding 
dramatic actresses at the turn of the 
century, formerly of this city, died 
Friday in Sydney, Australia. 

San Antonio, Tex. — Local theater- 
goers were marooned and were 
forced in many cases to stay at local 
hotels and office buildings when 
caught by the flash .flood which 
struck here following a heavy deluge 
of rain, last week. None of the 
houses suffered damage, although 
water flooded many of the basements 
of the downtown houses. 






Guest Speaker 


?res., Nail. Press Photographers Assn. 
will give us some interesting information on 


For Reservations Call — 
GEORGE GOMPERTS, MUrray Hill 3-1093 

RKO District and Branch" 
Managers Here to Confer 

David Prince, RKO Radio South- 
eastern district manager and cap- 
cam of the 1946 Ned Uepinet Drive, 
lieads a delegation of branch man- 
agers who arrived here yesteraay 
tor h. 0. talks with Robert Moclu'ie, 
vice-president in cnarga of domestic 
distriDucion. Those aitenamg ai'e H. 
M. Lyons, Atlanta; R. F. Branon, 
Charlotte and J. R. Lamantia, iNew 
Urleans. Ben Y. Cammack, South- 
western district manager, heads a 
similar group consisting of S. M. 
ijachs, Dallas; A. M. Avery, Mem- 
pnis and R. B. Williams, Oidanoma 

Press Photogs. Prexy 
Ampa Speaicer Today 

Joe Costa, president of the Na- 
tional Press Pnotographei*s Associa- 
tion of America, will be the main 
speaker on "How Press Photogra- 
pners Work With You," to highlight 
Ampa's first opening meeting of ttie 
new season which will be neld at 
12:30 p.m. today at Sardi's Res- 

Morris Leftoff, member of Ampa 
and the Press Photographers Asso- 
ciation, will be guest emcee, with 
William Finn, president of the Pir-A 
of N ew York City introducing the 

Walpole, Mass., Theater 
Files Clearance Squawk 

Charging unreasonable clearance, 
Robert Kurson, operating the Elite 
Theater, Walpole, Mass., has filed a 
complaint in the Boston arbitration 
tribunal against the five consenting 

Kurson claims that Loew's and 
20th-Fox grant a 30-day clearance 
to the Norwood and Guild Theaters 
m Norwood over the Elite and that 
RKO, Paramount and Warner Bros. 
grant a 21-day clearance. Complaint 
asks that the cljavaace be reduced 
to 14 days. 

Complaint Withdrawn 

The clearance complaint filed by 
the Lee Theater Corp., operating the 
Hill Theater in Balt"imore has been 


Paul Robeson to Star in 
Fast's "Freedom Road" 

Howard Fast's best-seller novel, 
"Freedom Road," will be filmed by 
Freedom Road Films, Inc., new pro- 
ducing unit headed by Paul Robeson, 
who will be starred. Fast is a vice- 
president of the new company, as is 
Leo Hurwitz, who will direct the 
film. Picture will be produced on 
location and in an Eastern studio, 
with camera work scheduled to be 
started in April. 

Mike Godshaw Retires 

Chicago — Mike Godshaw has re- 
tired as Chicago manager of the 
Screen Guild exchange. 

Para, lo Reiease 22 
Before Sept. 1 Next 

(Cont-inueci from Page 1) 

is "Two Years Before the Mast, 
set for Nov. 22. It will be follows 
on Dec. 27 by "Blue Skies." Other 
among the tentative 22 nan- :. b 
Reagan are: 

"I Cover Big Town," "Cross M 
Heart," Hal Wallis' "The Perfec 
Ivlarriage," "California" in Techn: 
color; "Seven Were Saved," "Dea 
Ruth," "Ladies' Man," "Dange 
Street," Hope Enterprises' "M 
Favorite Brunette," ''The Troubl 
With Women," "Calcutta," "Eas 
Come, Easy Go," "Welcome Strar 
ger," "Perils of Pauline," in Techn: 
color; "Jungle Flight," "The Impei 
feet Lady," Wallis' "Desert Town, 
"Suddenly It's Spring," "Adventur 
Island," and "Variety GirL" 

Reagan explained that Paramour 
had deferred drawing up a compre 
hensive release scheduled for the ne- 
selling season until the company 
distribution department was able t 
thoroughly familiarize itself with th- 
new selling procedure, grasp its im 
plications and understand the prol 
lems to be met and overcome. 

Criterion Will Produce 
Visualized Annual Report 

Criterion Pictures Coi"p., heade 
by M. J. Weisfeldt, former Colun 
bia Pictures executive, as presiden 
will be introduced formally at th 
annual Oscars of Industry Aware 
dinner in the Waldorf-Astoria H<; 
tel Friday as a new project whic^ 
will "humanize corporate activities 
through the medium of films to suj 
plement the publication of annu;; 
reports. These films, in addition t 
being designed for distribution 1 
schools, colleges, business establisl' 
ments and television will find a ne, 
outlet, the brokerage office. 

Criterion's ofl^ices are located j. 
1600 Broadway; and Dean Alfana 
has been engaged as counsel, wit 
Marc T. Statler, sales manager, an 
Paul R. Thoma. formerly of Warner 
as producer, Weisfeldt said yestei 

From Gem to Casino 

Kimball, S. D.— Lloyd Kingsbui 
has changed the name of the ri 
modeled Gem here to the Casino. 

Another Shortage? 

What with a meat shortage and 
milk tough to get, another shortage 
has come to mind. Joe Roberts, 
Vanguard publicity manager, bought 
some cigars at the Waldorf-Astoria 
Hotel and found out they were suf- 
I fering from a match shortage. But 
nothing stumps Joe — and now all 
Waldorf patrons are supplied with 
plenty of matches — oh yes, the "Duel 
In The Sun" matches. 

"uesday, October 1, 1946 



iscuss Post-War 
ulch Pix Problems 

^ Post-war problems in Holland f ol- 
i):Kving the rigors of the German 

fcupation were discussed yesterday 
|.i ^iincheon in the Waldorf-Astoria 
i|v i. L. Woltersom, head of the 

:pttv,idamsche Bank, by the Motion 
llljcture Export Association. Francis 
(4 Harmon, of the MPAA, presided. 
:;, It was during a recent visit to 
'' JoUand that Harmon interested Wol- 
"'■^rsom and the Rotterdamsche Bank 
'h filing a successful bid for the Asta 
lilheater in The Hague. The Asta is 
'I former German property which 
! as offered for sale by the Alien 

loperty Custodian of the Nether- 

nds. The theater is owned by a 
' utch-American syndicate now in 
■ :i-oc€ss of organization. 
[li iWoltersom will be here three 
' Lonths. He also represents the 50 
%r cent Dutch interest in the N. V. 
siiational Cinema Enterprises, the 
T\;her half being held by the MPEA. 

'oltersom will leave for the Coast 
' aturday. 

4 Also present at the luncheon were: 
I'larney Balaban, Spyros P. Skouras, 
£i3hn Whitaker, John J. O'Connor, 

ouis Lober, Arnold Picker, Emanuel 

iiiverstone, Morton Spring, George 

.'eltner, R. K. Hawkinson, Joseph 
jisidelman, Wolfe Cohen, Joseph 
, Pummel, Arthur Loew, Stanton Grif- 

.s, Will H. Hays, John Blynn, Fran- 
*LS S. Harmon, Gerald Mayer, George 
''orthwick, Carl E. Milliken, Irving 
' [aas, Robert Vining and Theodore 

TK Largest Purchaser 

Of U. S. FUms— Dalton 


" Without the British loan "we 

light no longer have been able to 

dmit your films," Hugh Dalton, 

iritish Chancellor of the Exchequer, 

Did a nation-wide radio audience 

ver the week-end. Speaking on 

he recovery progress of the British, 

-Dalton said that without the passage 

"iisit Summer by Congress of the 

13,750,000,000 loan trade between 

is country and the U. S. would be 

, mere trickle today. 

As a consequence of the loan, 

owever, "we buy more United 

>tates products in the aggi'egate 

;han any other country on earth," 

'e said, "and are still your largest 

ingle buyer of films." 


MURPHY-LILLIS, INC., New York City, mo- 
tion pictures, capital 100 shares no par value 
stock, 53 shares subscribed. Incorporated at 
Albany by Owen Murphy, James M. Lillie, Hector 
R. Vioni, directors and subscribers. 

City, distribute motion pictures and television, 
capital 200 shares no par value stock, three 
shares subscribed. Incorporated at Albany with 
H. C. Kcsch. Michael Hyman, Joseph Green as 
directors and H. G. Kosch, F. Dobrins, R. Ber- 
kowitz, subscribers. 

York City, theatrical business, capital 200 shares 
no par value stock, three shares subscribed. In- 
corporated at Albany with William Henry, Windi- 
mar Lubersky, George Ginsburg, directors and 

tribute motion picture films with capital of 200 
shares no par value stock, six shares subscribed. 
Incorporated at Albany by Hiram C. Shields, 
George Mandelbaum, Harold W. Grubart, direc- 
tors and subscribers. 

Warner Club Will Hold 
Annual Meeting Oct. 19 

Annual meeting of the Warner 
Club, Inc., welfare organization for 
Warners employes, will be held at 
the home office on Oct. 19, it is an- 
nounced by Stuart H. Aarons, sec- 
i-etary. Election of a new presi- 
dent, to succeed Martin F. Bennett, 
who has left Warners for a post 
with RCA Victor, will be part of 
l:he business of the session. 

Delegates elected to attend the 
annual meeting include Phil Abra- 
hams. Ted Bodwell, W. V. Brooks, 
R. W. Budd. Frank E. Cahill, Jr., 
Hershey Cohen, John Fekner, John 
T^oy, Lee Goldberg, L. B. Griffin, Leo 
Haas, Samuel R. Kahn, Frank J. 
Kieran, Charles Contulis, Walker R. 
Koppe. Louis Levine, Barry O'Con- 
nor. Agnes Quierley, Lee Redfield, 
Will'am Schoenfelder, Elsie Torbach 
and Jack Wuhrman. 

Dick Wriaht Again Heads 
Cleveland's Warner Club 

Cleveland, C— Dick Wright, .War- 
ner assistant zone manager, has been 
elected to serve the Warner Club as 
i^-s president fnr the second year. 
Marvin Samuelson, theater booker, 
was elected vice-president. Other 
officers are: Marjnrie Streib, mem- 
hershin chairman; Lou Ratener, con- 
tributions and loan chairman; Flor- 
ence Henning, welfare; Bob Cox, 
treasurer; Marcella Grosse, secre- 
tary; Harold "Bud" Friedman, en- 
tertainment chairman. The club 
sponsored six parties last year. 

B & K Morning Price 

Chicago — Balaban & Katz has 
changed the morning admission 
prices at its Loop theaters to 54 
cents, plus tax, making a total of 65 
cents and 95 cents in the afternoons, 
with night prices unchanged. 







WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, at 2:30 P. M. 


Nomikos to Fight Suit 
Over % Pix Returns 

Chicago — ^Van Nomikos, head, of 
the Nomikos Circuit, stated here that 
he will fight the suit instituted 
against him and the companies con- 
trolled by his organization brought 
by several of the majors charging 
fraudulent returns on percentage pic- 
tures. He denies any fraudulent re- 
ports were made and said he would 
select within a few days attorneys 
to represent him. 

Bruce-Winston Dead 

Charles Bruce-.Winston, 67, British 
actor, producer and scenic designer, 
who appeared here in such films as 
"The Thief of Bagdad," ''Children of 
Dreams," and "The Private Life of 
Don Juan," died aboard the liner 
John Ericsson which docked here at 
the week-end. 

Tax Collections for 
July $39,537,980 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

only about $700,000— from $40,248,- 
043 to $39,537,980. 

That the 1946 box office take is 
far outdistancing the 1945 revenue 
is again demonstrated by the fact 
that ithe August collection was more 
than six million better than that for 
August, 1945 — when the total was 
$33,289,381— a near record at that 

Collections from the third New 
York collection district (Broadway) 
were considerably better than a 
month earlier — $6,559,140 compared 
with $5,667,933— although far below 
the $9,652,350 collected from that 
area in August, 1945. The huge 
total for August, 1945, however, was 
accounted for largely by payment 
of an accumulaition of cabaret ac- 
counts — with theater admissions 
bringing in only $4,068,071, com- 
pared with $5,782,028 in August of 
this year and $5,074,116 in July of 
this year. 

Nation-wide receipts for the first 
two months of the current fiscal 
year stand at $79,786,023, more than 
$13 million above the $66,621,960 
collected in the first two months of 
the last fiscal year. 


New York 



RKO Pathe's motion picture studios at Park Avenue and 
106th Street, New York, are ready for occupancy. 





New York 

625 Madison Avenue 
PLaza 3-4400 

105 East 106th Street 
ATwater 9-6833 





Tuesday, October 1, 1946 

Must Keep Product 
Rolling— Balaban 

(Continued from Page 1) 
at the Hotel Warwick to re-orientate 
Para.'s machinery of publicity, ad- 
vertising and exploitation to meet 
the new selling- method set forth in 
rhe court's opinion in the New York 
equity case. While the decree, in 
its present form, is burdensome, 
Balaban said, due to its calling for 
a complete change in the methods of 
selling pictures, there can be no let- 
up in production. 

The most vexing problem facing 
the distributor is that of trying to 
set tentative selling plans that may 
have to be scrapped when the decree 
is handed down in its final form, 
Balaban said. "But we are going 
to do the best we can under the 
circumstances," he assured the meet- 
ing, which will run for four days, 
with Curtis Mitchell, national direc- 
tor of publicity and advertising, pre- 

Industry Must Go Forward 

The industi-y is forced to go for- 
ward, Balaban said, but to go for- 
ward it must exercise a maximum of 
promotional effort. The greater pro- 
motional drive thrown behind pic- 
tures will have the dual purpose of 
enlarging the audience for screen 
entertainment and of stimulating 
added exhibitor interest in the prod- 
uct offered. 

Balaban voiced the belief that the 
proper exploitation of pictures under 
the new sjystem of selling will have 
the effect of bringing to the film 
theaters a vast new audience drawn 
from the ranks of the 10 to 15 
millions that attend motion pictures 
only sporadically. 

Aim at Largest Audience 

Balaban maintained that by con- 
tinuing to turn out good pictures 
and aiming for the largest possible 
audience with the help of the great- 
est exploitation effort possible, the 
industry ought to be able to meet 
the problem of increased production 
costs and find its salvation. 

The Paramount president expressed 
confidence that the problem could be 


San Antonio, Tex. — James Herman 
Sollock, assistant manager of the 
Majestic Theater is the father of a 
baby boy. 

San Antonio, Tex. — LeRoy Hand- 
ley is the father of a third .5on, to 
be named Lynn. Father is district 
rep. for the Interstate Theaters 
merchandising department. 

Russell Stewart of the M-G-M pub- 
licity department became a father 
for the third time last week when 
eight-pound, six-ounce, daughter was 
born to Mrs. Stewart at Physicians 
Hospital, Jackson Heights, Queens. 
The new arrival's name is Kathleen, 


CSV Charges ^^Consplracy' 

Files With NLRB Against 10 Studios, lATSE 

(Continued from Page 1) 

brunt of picketing with 300 pickets 
at the studio in the morning. How- 
ever, when deputy sheriffs appeared 
and read a restraining order, the 
pickets were removed to a distance of 
200 feet from the plant as prescribed 
in the order. 

A brief sit-down strike followed 
with 10 pickets being arrested for 
an ordinance violation. Strikers then 
started a "shuttle" changing of eight 
pickets legally permitted at the main 
studio gate which would cause a 
changing of pickets four times every 

Three pickets were hurt at Colum- 
bia with one suffering a broken 
nose. A generator man walked out at 
the Hal Roach Studio and a small 
number of pickets picketed the Roach 
studio from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Producer representatives said nor- 
mal production is proceeding at the 
seven major studios and that 37 
pictures are before the cameras. 

David 0. Selznick's Vanguard 
Films has postponed production on 

"Little Women," Technicolor film 
which was scheduled to start today 
and "The Paradine Case," which was 
to have started Oct. 15. Pictures 
would have represented a cost of 
more than $6,250,000. Selznick will 
continue his regular payroll despite 
this postponing of production. Van- 
guard has been compelled to lay off 
some of the personnel, but the studio 
has not heen closed. 

In connection with major studio 
strike, Byron Price, chairman of the 
board of AMPP, said: "Without ex- 
ception the studios involved in this 
jurisdictional strike reported shoot- 
ing in progress today on every pic- 
ture scheduled for production. The 
«even studios had 37 pictures before 
the cameras, one more than a week 
ago, before the strike began. 

"The unions supporting the strike 
represent about 15 per cent of the 
struck studios' employes. It seems 
evident that the great majority want 
to stay on their jobs and are oppos- 
ing this outlaw strike." 

Four Majors Aqree to New 
Meeting on SOPEG Pact 

Exchange employes of 20th-Fox, 
UA, M-G-M and Columbia have 
okayed another meeting set for 
Friday, at which the negotiating 
committee of the SOPEG and film 
company reps, will attempt to reach 
an agreement. 

Previously workers in the four ex- 
changes following a membership 
meeting had authorized SOPEG to 
take a strike vote. 

licked with the greater production 
of quality pictures and increased ef- 
fort in selling and exploitation. He 
termed the meeting the company's 
"most important in 10 years" be- 
cause of problems raised by the new 
decree and the mounting costs of 
conducting the business. 

Rebirth of Showmanship 

Charles M. Reagan, vice-pi*esident 
of Paramount in charge of distri- 
bution, told the field men that the 
new selling system made a rebirth 
of the showmanship of old vitally 
important. "The comoanv that does 
the best exploitation job is the com- 
pany that is going to get the most 
out of a picture at the box office," 
he asserted, adding that a greater 
increase in sales is in the hands of 
the field men, demanding a new ap- 
proach to the exploitation of films. 

Among other sneakers were Adolph 
Zukor, Curtis Mitchell, Claude Lee. 
Osfar Morgan. Stanley Shuford, Al 
Wilkie, and Sid Mesibov. 

Folio wine: the afternoon session a 
cocktail party was given at Monte 
Carlo in coniunction with a shorts 
screening, with Morgan nlaving host. 

A screening of "Suddenly It's 
Spring" was held at Monte Carlo in 
the evening. 

Bragg, Canadian Odeon 
Exec, Dies; Rites Today 

(Continued from Page 1) 
Canadian Odeon companies. Bragg, 
who had been ill since Summer, died 
Sunday at his residence here. 

At the time of his death he held 
several important posts, including a 
vice-presidency of Odeon Theaters of 
Canada; president of General The- 
aters Investment Co.; secretary- 
treasurer of General Theaters, Ltd.; 
treasurer of Empire Universal Films, 
Ltd., and director of theater proper- 
ties for Hamilton, Ltd. He was con- 
nected with other enterprises under 
the direction of J. Arthur Rank, of 
England, and J. Earl Lawson, of 

Braag had been identified with 
Canadian theaters since 1921 when 
he joined N. L. Nathanson in the 
formation of Famous Players of 
Canadian Corn. He resigned from 
FPC with Nathanson and others to 
start the Odeon srroup, playing a 
prominent role in its development. 

He was an official of the Argo- 
naught Football Club, a oast presi- 
dent of the Dufferin Old Bovs Asso- 
ciation, and a member of the Tor- 
onto Board of Trade. Sui'vivors in- 
clude his widow, a son Thomas F. 
Bi'agg, a daughter, and a brother and 
three sisters. 

B & K Advances Salaries 
Of Theater Employes 

Chicafifo — Cashiers and candy girls 
of the B & K circuit are reported 
receiving a 10 per cent wage in- 
crease, while the managers and the 
assistant managers have received 
increases from 3 to 10 per cent, de- 
pending on their length of service, 
it was understood. 

ees Pix Fador in 
U. S. Prestige Loss 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

that exists between America an' 
Europe, said the producer. "Tocj 
often news is twisted and distortec 
to suit the needs of the govef i^n 
in power," declared de Roch. ont 
"but when we export nine reels o 
film, nine reels are shown." 

"It is not sufficient to depict Amer 
lean life in terms of luxury, opulenc ! 
and frivolity. Agreeable as thes 
things are from the entertainmen 
point of view, they are leaving a ba 
impression on the European publi 
which deduces from them that Amei : 
leans have no serious outlook on lift : 
liO real concern with the major prol 
lems which are tearing Europe apar 
and no basic long-range program t 
oppose to the highly articulate 
Communist program," de Rochemoi 

To counterbalance Europe's cocl- 
eyed view of America is Hollywood 
responsibility. Documentaries an 
newsreels are not enough. Beside 
added de Rochemont, Europeans hav 
come to feel that short subjects ai 
mostly propaganda. Newsreels, fc 
the most part, consist chiefly of loc; 

While referring to Hollywood 
culpability, de Rochemont admitte 
that the March of Time was n( 
blameless either, in spreading erroi 
eous impressions of America. Tl" 
producer felt that the MOT ree 
'Night Club Boom," certainly did m 
help to dispel the illusion that Ame 
ica was swimming in money ar 

Projector Parts Shortaae 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM BAIL 
Washington — Despite increase 
production of fractional horsepowi 
motors, key parts in projection equi' 
ment. Civilian Production Admini 
trator Jack Small told the Kilgo 
Committee of the Senate that tl 
shortage is becoming increasir 


Chicago — Jack Springer, Allian 
theater circuit, and Elaine Houst 
of Kenosha, Wise, were married. 

Omaha — Pauline Yates of t 
RKO-Brandeis Theater staff, w 
married here to Dale Pendleton, al 
of Omaha. 

Chicago — James Barnes, Warn 
Theaters' Memphis zone manag i 
married Margaret Faulker of C" 

Detroit — Molly Winokur was m; 
ried to Milton Zimmerman, c 
salesman for Universal. 

WITH their fine grain, their similar rates 
of development, and their speed relation- 
ship that permits apertures of the same 
order for both exteriors and interiors, these 
two films form an ideal team for production 
work ... 

. . . Eastman Plus-X . . . for general studio 

. . . Eastman Background-X . . . for exterior 

use, under good lighting conditions. 

And when little light is available . . . when 
there's a need for increased depth of field 
without undue increase in illumination . . . 
Super-XX, another member of the Eastman 
family of films, gives this team added ver- 
satility and usefulness. 





Just as it took 104 days of creative effort to bring THE JOLSON 
STORY to its final stage of perfection, just so painstakingly is the foun- 
dation being laid for the successful distribution of this great motiun .-. 

In a sense, the drama implicit in the production of the picture will 
repeat itself in the steady movement toward your goal and ours — a great 
distribution and exhibition job. 

Our ultimate object can be even more simply stated: to prove beyond 
any doubt the truth of this slogan: 


To that end, a cross-continental pattern involving ... to begin with 
...a few engagements, has been set. 

In this drama of distribution, which has its beginning in October, 
New York will be the background of Act I, with Radio City Music 
Hall the precise locale of the World Premiere. Three thousand miles 
westward, Act II will be played. For the first time in the history of 
San Francisco a motion picture will play day and date in the United 
Artists, Esquire and Tivoli Theatres, and across the bay at the Roxy 
in Oakland. The scene will shift rapidly to the Palace, Cincinnati, the 
Lafayette, Buffalo, and the Hill street and Pantages, Los Angeles. 

Then comes the intermission . . . with the curtain rising on the final 
act in January, 1947, when THE JOLSON STORY will penetrate 
the highways and byways of the nation, to establish itself conclusively as 




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iZl 90. NO. 66 




j^orld-Wide 16iiim. Distribution for WB Near 

'Overseas Theater Expan- 
ion to be Talked at Hum- 
lel Conferences on Coast 


f FILM DAILY Staff Writer 
li_Warners will embark on a world- 
ide 16 mm. distribution network as 
l^on as possible, predicted Joseph S. 
ummel,, vice- 
'esident of War- 
srs' Interna- 
onal, in charge 
f Continental 
urope and adja- 
fnt countries. At 
tsterday's indus- 
•y press inter- 
ew, Hummel de- 
ared that WB 
IS already or- 
inized a 16 mm. 
stribution sys- 
3m in Latin 
raerica and the 
lilippines, and 
at it's simply a 
atter of ironing 
-t a few wrinkles before WB's 16 
(ConMnued on Page 11) 


Walsh Arrives; 15 Arrested, 19 Hospitalized in Picket Clashes; 
Flayers Threaten Libel Action Against Woll 


Jollywood Pix Most 
''opular in LaL-Amer. 

'ashington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — "Certain United 
lates films" currently being shown 
I Central and South America con- 
lue "to leave a derogatory impres- 
pn of our country in the minds of 
|any Latin-Americans," according 
Richard T. Smutge, special assis- 
nt at the U. S. Legation in San 
ilvador, El Salvador, in comments 
(Continued on Page 3) 

British Producers to 
Mull Lumber Shortage 

London (By Cable) — Producers 
are meeting today to consider the 
serious lumber situation. With set 
construction already hindered by lum- 
ber shortages, a threatened further 
severe cut in timber allotments is 
causing much concern among film 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — The Goldwyn Studios 
yesterday afternoon joined the major 
plants that had discharged Confer- 
ence of Studio Unions members — five 
carpenters and a painter — for refus- 
ing to work on "hot" sets. No picket- 
ing resulted, however. CJSU mem- 
bers were also discharged at the Hal 
Roach studios. 

Richard F. Walsh, lATSE presi- 

dent, arrived here yesterday but was 
not immediately available for com- 
ment on the studio situation. 

lATSE announced that its mem- 
bers would not work on sets where 
CSU members were employed, and 
Roy M. Brewer, local LA. rep., 
planned to confer with independent 
producers to protest employment of 
CSU carpenters, painters and others 
(Continued on Page 11) 

ATA's Intervention 
Unnecessary— D of J 

Objections of the Department of 
Justice to intervention by American 
Theaters Association, Confederacy of 
Southern Associations, Southern Cal- 
ifornia Theater Owners Association 
and individuals in the New York 
equity case are said to be based on 
Che premise that the D of J func- 
(Contlnued on Page 6) 

New Univ. Managers for 
Cincy, Memphis, Dallas 

Promotions involving Universal 
branches in Cincinnati, Memphis and 
Dallas were announced yesterday by 
William A. Scully, vice-president and 
general sales manager. 

W. G. Carmichael has been named 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Appeal Talked If 
Intervention Denied 

If the Statutory Court should deny 
motions for intervention in the New 
York equity suit on Oct. 21, the 
petitioning associations may appeal 
to the U. S. Supreme Court. Paul 
Williams, counsel for the Southern 
California Theater Owners Associa- 
tion, said here yesterday that it was 
(Continued on Page 3) 

MPAA Countersuit Against 
Hughes Makes 3 Demands 

The Motion Picture Association of 
America yesterday made three de- 
mands in its counter claims and 
amended answers to the suit brought 
against the MPAA by the Hughes 
Tool Co., parent company of Hughes 
(Continued on Page 11) 


U^^ on a Showcase Survey 

Hub Given O-O by O'Connor; to Visit Keys 

Expect 1.200 at TBA 
Conference Next Week 

With 525 paid reservations already 
in, the second annual TBA television 
conference and exhibition at the 
Waldorf-Astoria, Oct. 10-11, is ex- 
pected to roll up an attendance of 
between 1,000 and 1,200, it was an- 
( Continued on Page 6) 

Universal is reported to ibe quietly 
looking over the first-run theaters 
in key cities with the view of acquir- 
ing showcases for its product. John 
J. O'Connor was in Boston two weeks 
ago looking over the theater situa- 
tion and during the next year is ex- 
pected to make a survey of theater 
possibilities in every key city in the 
(Continued on Page 11) 

Sessions "Exploratory/' 
With No Final Decision. 
Allied Counsel Reports 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — ^Sharp opposition to 
direct intervention in the New York 
equity case was expressed here as 
delegates to the Conference of Inde- 
pendent Exhibitors opened a two- 
day stand to pool recommendations 
of its nation-wide units. 

Following a day-long meeting, 
Abram F. Myers, Allied States gen- 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Sf. Cloud Sells Out 
To Intercounty Circuit 

Intercounty Circuit, Inc., headed 
by Harvey B. Newins, theater spec- 
ialist, yesterday bought up the entire 
stock of the St. Cloud Amusement 
Corp. for $475,000. This sum repre- 
sents the good will and a 30-year 
lease on 15 theaters operated in Sus- 
(Continued on Page 3) 

20th-Fox Ad Convention 
To Follow Skouras Drive 

Deferment of the scheduled na- 
tional advertising convention of 20th- 
Fox exploiteers, home office ad staff 
and studio reps, until the close of 
the present Spyros Skouras Sales 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Intervention Motion 
Is Made by Seymour 

Federal Judge Francis Caffey yes- 
terday referred the motion of three 
exhibitor associations and individu- 
als for leave to intervene in the New 
York equity suit to the Statutory 
Court for hearing on Oct. 21. The 
motion was made by Whitney North 
Seymour, counsel for Paramount, in- 
asmuch as the associations are not 
parties to the suit. The exhibitor 
groups are American Theaters Associ- 
ation, Confederacy of Southern Asso- 
ciations and Southern California The- 
ater Owners Association. 


Vol. 90, No. 66 Wed., Oct. 2, 1946 10 Cents 

lOHN W. ALICOATE : : : : Publisher 

DONALD M. MERSEREAU : Associate Publisher 
and General Manager 



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N. v., by VVid's iilms and i'llm Folk, Inc. 
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Representatives: HOLLYWOOD, 28, Calif. 
—Ralph Wilk, 6425 Hollywood Blvd., Phont 
Granite 6607. WASHINGTON— Andrew H. 
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2122 Decatur St. NW. Phone, Hobart 7627. 
CHICAGO, 45, 111.— Joseph Esler, 6:41 
Oakley Ave., Phone Briargate 7441. LONDON 
—Ernest W. Fredman, The Film Renter, 127- 
133 Wardour St. W. 1. MANILA — Homer 
Stuart, Hotel Manila. HAVANA — Mary 
Louise Blanco, Virtudes 214. BOMBAY— 
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Paul Saffar, Filmafric, 8 Rue Charras. 
STOCKHOLM — Gunnar Ruud, Jaktvarv 
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Theater Bldg.; SYDNEY — Bowdin Fletcher, 
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High Low Ctcse 

Am. Seat 21 203/4 21 

Bell & Howell ptd.. .108 1071/2 lOT'/z 

Columbia Picts 251/2 25 25'/2 

East. Kodak 210 209V2 210 

do pfd 200 200 200 

Gen. Prec. Eq 251/8 243/4 242/4 

Loew's, Inc 273/4 271/4 273/8 

Paramount 321/4 3I1/2 3134 

RKO 171/2 167/8 173/8 

Republic Picts 83^ SS/g 8^4 

Republic Picts. pfd.. 15 15 15 
20th Century- Fox ... 427/8 421/4 421/4 
20th Century-Fox pfd. 523/8 523/8 523/8 
20th Century-Fox ppt.104 104 104 

Universal Pict 321/4 32 32 

Universal Picts. pfd.. 86I/2 86I/2 861/2 

Warner Bros 18% I81/2 185/8 


Monogram Picts 61/8 6 6 

Radio-Keith cvs 6 53^ 6 

Sonotone Corp 33^ 33^ 3i/* 

Technicolor 163/8 161/4 I6I/4 

Trans-Lux 43/4 43^ 43^ 



Pathe Industries 6% 

Cinecolor 6% 


+ V2 

— Vi 

+ % 

— 1 

— 2 

— % 

— 5/8 
+ 5/8 
+ % 




Show "Deception" Oct 18 

Warner's "Deception" will be na- 
tionally tradeshown on Oct. 18. Pic 
will have it.s pre-release world pre- 
miere at the Hollywood Theater, 
New York, on Oct. 17, with general 
release scheduled for Oct. 26. 

Picture Pioneers to Hold 
Harvest Dinner Nov. 20 

The annual Harvest Dinner of the 
Picture Pioneers will be held Wed- 
nesday evening, Nov. 20, at the Star- 
light Roof, Waldorf-Astoria. The 
dace was confirmed at a meeting of 
the Executive Committee held yes- 
terday. .Jack Cohn presided and pres- 
ent were Harold Rodner, Sam Rinz- 
ler, Red Kann, Hal Hode and Gilbert 

Frederick Mercy, Jr., of Yakima, 
Waihmgton, the first son of a Pic- 
ture Pioneer to qualify for member- 
ship, was also the first whose appli- 
cation was accepted at yesterday's 
meeting. Other applications accepted 
were: Abraham tsernstein, Boston; 
Josh Binney, New York; Frank 
Chippani, New York; E. ,Myer Felt- 
man, Boston; Louis Goldstein, 
riuenas Aires; Meyer Gruber, Bos- 
ton; William H. Gueringer, Blowing 
Rock, N. C; Henry C. Kauiman, New 
York; Sam Lefkowitz, New York; 
William Mancuso, Boston; Jack 
Meyers, Boston; Louis Phillips, New 
York; E. C. Rhoden, Kansas City, 
Mo.; Arthur Robinson, Detroit; John 
J. Scully, Boston; Harry F. Shaw, 
Boston; Samuel J. Switow, Louis- 
ville; Joseph A. Tanney, New York; 
Abe L Weiner, Boston, Robert B. 
Wilby, Atlanta; Harry Zeitz, New 
Bedford, Mass. 

Organizing 16mm. Weekly 
United Nations Newsreel 

A 16 mm. weekly United Nations 
newsreel, reporting on the activities 
of the UN and recording the high- 
lights of its meetings is now in the 
process of organization, it was an- 
nounced by Marion Dix, chief of the 
UN newsreel section, at a meeting 
with all the newsreel editors this 

Each of the member nations will 
have a special representative in the 
respective countries to establish dis- 
tribution outlets, and cameramen 
contacts will be set up in all coun- 
tries to channel footage to the UN 
headquarters here which will be 
made available to 'the newsreel com- 
panies. This footage will also be 
used by the delegates to highlight 
their talks before the general as- 

"Night of Stars" Group 
Meets on Production 

The production committee for this 
year's "Night of Stars" benefit show 
at Madison Square Garden, Tuesday 
evening, Nov. 12, held its first meet- 
ing yesterday in chairman Marvin 
H. Schenck's office. Among those 
who attended the meeting for the 
big show whose proceeds will go to 
the UJA to further the work of the 
Joint Distribution Committee, United 
Palestine Appeal, National Refugee 
Service and Jewish Welfare Board, 
were Arthur Knorr, Lester B. Isaac, 
Max Wolff, Jesse Kaye, Hai-ry Kal- 
cheim, Nat Kalcheim, Sidney Pier- 
mont, Robert M. Weitman, Leonard 
Romm, Arthur Weill and David A. 


Wednesday, October 2, 194f 

Annual Odeon Profit 
Put at £3,000,821 

London (By Cable) — Gross annual 
profits of Odeon Theaters, Ltd., was 
reported yesterday at £3,000,821, 
with provision for taxation at £1,948,- 
916. In his annual report, J. Arthur 
Rank, Odeon chairman, noted that 
entertainment, income and excess 
profits tax take nine shillings, seven 
pence of every pound paid at the 
box office. 

August Pix Dividends 
Just a Mere $428,000 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Film company divi- 
dend payments fell off sharply in 
August to a mere $428,000, the De- 
partment of Commerce reported this 
morning. Three-month total, how- 
ever, was a very healthy $9,149,000. 

August is customarily a light 
month for film dividend payments, 
with the 1945 figure only $531,000. 
The corresponding three-months fig- 
ure was $5,872,000. Large Warner 
Bros, payments accounted for a ma- 
jor portion of the increase, with no 
Warner dividends reported last year. 

Mrs. Jenkins Here on 
Expansion of Mex. Circuit 

Mrs. Elizabeth Jenkins, operator 
of more than 50 per cent of Mexico's 
theaters, met here yesterday with 
Francis Alstock, foi-merly chief of 
the motion picture division of the 
Office of Inter-American Affairs, and 
Leo Morrison, Hollywood theatrical 
agent, who arrived here from the 
Coast with Alstock, to formulate 
plans for the expansion of her cir- 
cuit throughout Mexico and Latin 

Rites for Mrs. Brenon 

Last rites for Mrs. Algernon St. 
John Brenon, mother of Aileen Bre- 
non (Mrs. Thomas Craven), who is 
in charge of magazine publicity for 
Paramount, will be held this after- 
noon at the M.A. Gleason Funeral 
Home, Whitestone, L. L Cremation 
will follow. Mrs. Brenon was widow 
of Algernon St. John Brenon, noted 
music critic and author, and had her- 
self enjoyed a wide reputation as 
Grace Damian, an English contralto. 
Another surviving daughter is Mrs. 
Cleon Throckmorton, wife of the 
scenic designer. 

Jackson Decision Due Soon 

Chicago — Film circles are await- 
ing a decision by Judge Michael L. 
Igoe in the Jackson Park clearance 
case. The case closed a number of 
weeks ago. 



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STEVE BRCIDY, Monogram president, has let 
for the Coast, and EO MO;?EY has left for Ne^ 
York following meetings at the Drake in Chi 

CDS EYSSELL, president and managing di 
lector of Radio City Music Hall, has just re 
turned Irom the West Coast. 

NORMAN ELSON, vice-president of J/ans j 
Lux Theaters Corp., will be in Boston tc " v,' 
in Washington on Friday. 

EDWA,\D M. SCHNiTZER UA Eastern sale* 
manager, will leave New York for Detroit o-j 
Sunday to hold a series of sales conterencel 
with the Central district. i 

SAM LtFKOWnZ, Eastern district managJ 
for Warner Bros., will be in Albany today 

WALT DiSNEY will leave New YcrK by boa' 
for Ireland Nov. 14, accompanied by writ^ 
)CHN BATTLE and PERCE HItRCE, associar 

JOHNNY JONES, president of Screen Cuil 
Productions, is due in Chicago from the Coa< 
for meetings at the Blackstcne. 

ROBtRT COYNE, executive director of AT/ 
will arrive in Kansas City today from New Yorl 

RUSShLL BlKLWtLL will leave the Coast Fr 
day for London conferences with JlHN SUTK 
where they will co-produce a film autobiograph 
cf Gertrude Lawrence to be titled "A St.' 

BUkCESS MEREDITH, who has arrived froi 
the Coast, is at the Waldorf-Astoria. 

PHILIP WAXMAN, producer of the forth j 
coming Broadway presentation, "Strange Bee - 
fellows," is en route to the Coast to confc : 
with the authors, Florence Ryerscn and Coli t 
Clements, and to arrange several casting assign 'i 

iNGRID BERGMAN will arrive, here Sund; f 
from the Coast to begin rehearsals for hs 
Broadway appearance In Maxwell Anderson ; 
"The Girl From Lorraine." 

JACK HARRIS, manager for the Fanchon ■ 
Maico Circuit, will leave here Oct. 25 aboar • 
the Queen Elizabeth for a visit to his mothuj 
in England. 

RALPH AUSTRIAN, president of RKO Tele 
vision, leavfcs for Mexico City on Oct. 12, an 
from there will go to Hollywood for the SMP 
convention before returning to New York. 

GEORGE SLEEPER, of Color Television, Inc., 
set at the 'Biltmore from the Coast. 

MACK GORDON, 20th Century-Fox produce 
has arrived in New York from the Coast wi( 
MRS. CORDON for a three-week stay. 

ANN PETERSON, inspectress at the M-C-l 
Chicago exchange, left yesterday for the Wine 
City after spending a few days vacation in th; 
Big Town. 

M. L. SIMONS, editor of the Distributor 
M-C-M sales organ, has arrived on the Coa: ' 
for a two-week stay. 

WALTER BROOKS assistant to H. M. Riche 
head of M-G-M's exhibitcr relations, arrived 
Kansas City yesterday by plane to speak befoi 
the KMTA. 

AUDREY TOTTER, M-C-M featured playe 
is here from the Coast for a vacation. 





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ednesday, October 2, 1946 



ollywood Pix Most 
opular in Lat.-Amer. 

(Continued from Page 1) 
the pix situation in that area 
.'jested and released this morning 
='. Nathan D. Golden, Department 
Commerce Pix Chief. Smutge 
A lfr\ also for Spanish-language 
- ^? and trailers for American 

;. 'Films exhibiting a lavish display 
i: wealth, suggestions of immoral- 
and alcoholic excesses implant a 
■:se and lasting impression on the 
£,Lnds of the unsophisticated public," 
MLiording to Smutge, who suggests 
"lit "films otherwise slanted would 
poy greater success." 
•I Hollywood Pix in Lead 

I Hollywood productions are far and 
ni-ay the most popular in San Salva- 
iif and several other countries for 
'dch information is given today by 
'ilden. Latest compilation of films 

Dwn in these countries, by country 
I. origin, show 77.6 per cent United 
ates for El Salvador, 70 per cent 
[Ir Nicaragua, 80 per cent for 
iiLatemala. In all three countries, 
iiexican and Argentine product rate 
'(aind the Hollywood films in that 

illhere are 29 theaters in El Sal- 
dor, with yearly attendance es ti- 
nted at about 7,000,000; 37 theaters 
^, Nicaragua and 39 in Guatemala, 
!;th yearly attendance having leaped 
Dm 1,660,935 in 1936 to 2,480,400 

II Spanish Dubbing Proposed 

j!W. C. Bridgett of the U. S. Lega- 

'n in Guatemala suggests that 
Banish-dubbed Hollywood product 

uld mean a sizable jump in at- 
(.idance at U. S. films. 
tCrolden reported also that there is 
rgood market for new and recon- 

ioned booth equipment in Guate- 
j!ila, Honduras, Panama and Haiti. 

nerican manufacturers have com- 

I^Bte control of the market there, 

^d there is apparently no strong 

' sire on the part of any exhibitors 

break away to foreign-made 

uipment from any other country, 
.jospects for the sale of new equip- 
bnt in Guatemala and Honduras 
Ip especially good. 

oscou's Father Dead 

Paul Moscou, father of Joseph 
iscou, house counsel for Confiden- 
il Reports, died at the age of 58 
1^ Memphis, Tenn., over the week- j 
"d. The body is enroute from I 
;mphis. Funeral services will be ' 
!d at the Park West Chapel when ! 
arrives. ' 


Oct. 2 

Ann Rutherford Charles Kenyon 

James Dunn Terry Ramsaye 

Lee eonnell Mabel Julienne Scott 

Richard Walsh 


A Grand Show for a Grand Guy 

• ..•..• ..MOST OF the show-wise people in New York, biggest oi 
the show-wise cities, got together lost night to cheer a gu7 who is recog- 
nized as the leader oi them all Al Jolson And the? sta7ed 

to keep on cheering as Al was presented with a citation from the AVC. 
sponsors oi the aiiair at the Astor Hotel, all wrapped up in an hour 
broadcast that showed what show biz thought oi the Mommy singer 
AVC threw the dinner ior Al as a gesture for his work in enter- 
taining troops overseas and in this country during the war But 

the. show folk most of them old enough to be big brothers, ii not 

fathers of the sponsors, came to cheer for another reason Al always 

has been a credit to his chosen profession since the days when he was 
singing with the minstrels 

T T T 

• • • SO THEY turned out the town for Al last night For 

one hour, radio, represented by the coast-to-coast Mutual network, de- 
voted its time to Al ..... . Dinah Shore, Hildegarde, Perry Como, Martha 

Raye, George Jessel, Bob Hope, Eddie Cantor. Frcmk Sinatra. Bums and 

Allen all of them joined to praise Al and to entertain his guests 

on the radio from both New York and Hollywood And just so 

no one could miss it, Charles Cochrane. Britain's producer who brought 
Bea Lillie. Gertrude Lcrwrence and a host of others to fame, and Anna 
Neagle were picked up from London 

T ▼ T 

• • • FESTIVITIES STARTED with the singing of the Star Spcmgled 
Banner by Paul Allen, ex-serviceman who really appreciated every- 
thing Jolson did during the war Then, following dinner, Walter 

Brown, chairman of the dinner, welcomed the guests and introduced 

the evening's toastmaster, former mayor James J. Walker Jimmy, 

who remembers Al from 'way back First entertainment of the eve- 
ning followed, with Phil Silvers giving out with the brand of comedy that 
has made him tops on the screen and in night clubs 

T T ▼ 

• • • THEY WERE all there movie men, theater men, radio 

men and, to Al the most important of all. entertainers Dick 

Powell, June Allyson. Adele Jergens. Gene Autry. Sidney Skolsky, 

Sophie Tucker, Ted Lewis, Milton Berle, Joe E. Lewis Also present 

for the nostalgic touch was Harry Askt, pianist for the entertainer 

OS well as Louis Sobol and Al's wife The dens itself was an im- 
posing sight Those who sat up there with Al were Zeb Epstein, 

Joy Emanuel, Roger Lewis, John W. Alicoate, Ashley Trimble Cole, 
Abel Green, Matt Shelby. Louis Bernstein. Eugene Picker. Leo Lindy, 
Rocco Vocco. Robert D. Swezey, Robert Weitman. Hal Home. M^miiam 

Morris, Jr., John J. O'Connor Also Malcolm Kingsberg, Maj. Albert 

Warner, Charles C. Moskowitz, Abe Montague, Herman Robbins, Harry 
Brandt, Jack Cohn, Al Jolson, James J. Walker, Walter Brown, S/Sgt. 
Oretsky, Charles Bolte. Gen. John Reed Kilpatrick. Joseph R. Vogel. Wm. 

Brandell. Si Fabian Not forgetting Lee Shubert, A. J. Balaban. Ben 

Ealmenson. Jack Mills, Oscar Doob, Gus Eyssell, Manie Sacks, Alcm 
Corelli, Emil Friedlander, Jack Bregman, Joseph Mahoram, Dave Ferguson, 
I. Lubin, Jack Robbins, Maurice Kann. Lionel Toll, Charles E. Lewis, 
James Jerrauld ...... 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • IT WAS a grand show for a grand gtry And no one 

appreciated what had been done more than Al himself, who has done 

so much for so many With the Astor festivities going off the air 

at 11:30 Al himself took over to sing such nostalgic hits as "California 
Here I Come," "April Showers," "Brother. Can You Spare a Dime" and 
for the grand finale the unforgettable "Mammy" 

▼ ▼ T 

SI. Cloud Sells Out 
To Intercounly Circuit 

(Continued from Page 1) 
sex, Warren and Hunterdon Counties 
ill Northwestern New Jersey. Aggre- 
gate rent payable over the 30-year 
period exceeds $5,000,000. 

Newins, who has long been asso- 
ciated with George Skouras of the 
Skouras Circuit, scotched the rumor 
that Skouras was interested in Inter- 
county or St. Cloud. Newins said 
that as soon as building materials 
axe available, he expects to erect the- 
aters in Sparta and Lambertville, 
where he has already acquired suit- 
able sites. 

Although disposing of his entire 
stock, Cluton E. Smith will continue 
his long association with the St. 
Cioud circuit by remaining as film 

The deal -was negotiated directly 
between the principals. No brokers 
were involved in the transaction. 

Appeal Talked If 
Intervention Denied 

(Continued from Page 1) 

his opinion and that of the other 
attorneys for the prospective inter- 
veners that denial of the application 
would constitute an "appealable" 

Meanwhile, Thurman Arnold, coun- 
sel for the ATA, and Williams are 
preparing a brief to be filed prior to 
the (Jet. 21 hearing. John G. Jack- 
son, counsel for the Southern group, 
also is preparing a brief. Both briefs 
will be submitted within the next two 

Principal reason for the interven- 
tion moves is to have the court's 
recommendation for competitive bid- 
ding set aside. 

"Nocturne" Tradeshow Oct 14 

RKO Radio will hold a tradeshow- 
ing of "Nocturne" at the Normandie 
Theater on Monday, Oct. 14, at 10:30 


Atlanta, Ga. — Patricia Gillespie, 
daughter of Jimmie Gillespie, 20th- 
Fox publicist for the Southern divi- 
sion, was married at Sacred Heart 
Church here yesterday to Harry Cor- 
rin, formerly Army counter intelli- 
gence corporal. Couple will reside 
in Hollywood. 

Minneapolis — Helen Melchisedeck, 
stenographer at National Screen 
Service here, is engaged to Richard 
Baker. No wedding date has been 



and introducim 

Directed by WILLIAM WYLER • 

From the novel byl 
Director of Photograph^ 

ever happened . .. 




reenplay by ROBERT E. SHERWOOD 



Released thru 

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Wednesday, October 2, 1946 

CIEA is Opposed to 
Decree Intervention 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 
eral counsel, said tne sessions were 
"expioraLory" and no nnai aecisions 
hau Decn leacned. Ji^eis nincea 
tnat tne group wouid "worK 
tniougU" the jje^^artmenc of Justice 
ra.nei- uian loiiowing AiA's direcc- 
incervention mecnoa. 

xne group was expected to present 
Cliiiii. s Qecree recommenaacion to- 
day to JXouert Li. wrignc, special as- 
sistant to tne Attorney Ueiieral. 
(jO Along \> itn Axueo 

While tne group aeciined to com- 
ment on progress oi tne sessions 
yesteruay, it appeared tnat tne aeie- 
gaces Wuuia go aiong wicn most oi 
tue recommenuations maae by Ailiea 

•"•spokesman" for the group was 
Myers. Utuers in tne group tnat 
met orierly witn tne trade press were 
Jesse is tern, cnairman of tne con- 
lerence, ana isianey &amueison anu 
Aatnan iamms, DOtn representing 

Ine meeting will resume today at 
the notei cjtatier and will contmue 
in ciusea sessions all aay, 

Ine coiuerence was attended by 
13 ueiegates representing ao spates 
and one territory, in aaaition to 
tnose aireaay mentioned, tne group 
inciuaea tne loiiowing: representing 
tne jracmc Ouast uonterence oi rn- 
aepenueUt 1 neater Owners, Hugn 
\v. jDruen, \v metier, Cam.; kotus 
iiarvey, iJan l^rancisco; Geraia 
iiaruy, San i?rancisco; L,. O. LuKan, 
•beattie; rioDcrc n. Pooie, Los An- 
geles; representative oi incermoun- 
tam ineacre Associacion, sum (jii- 
lecce, bait i^aiie Uicy.; representing 
Aortn central Aliiea, Jtrnest f-eas- 
lee, ticiuwacer, Minn.; representing 
Iowa-i\eiirasKa Ineaters, L,eo Woli- 
cotc, Jciaora, Iowa, and Howard 
Jbrookmgs, president of Iowa-x\e- 
brasKa ineater Owners. 

New Univ. Managers for 
Cincy, Memphis, Dallas 

(Continued from Page 1) 
branch manager in Cincinnati and 
R. f. Dawson has been appointed 
iiemphis excnange manager. Both 
men were formeny salesmen in the 
Aiemphis othce. 

J. A. Pricnard, former branch head 
in Mempnis, has been transferred to 
Dallas wnere ne will function in the 
same capacity. 

Cassville Hall Bows 

Cassville, Mo.— The new Hall The- 
ater has opened under the manage- 
ment of Glen Hall. 


Lucy Nathanson, second daughter 
of Mort Nathanson, Eastern public- 
ity rep. for Liberty Films, arrived 
Monday night at Polyclinic Hos- 
pital, weighing in at seven pounds, 
nine and a half ounces. 

TeUing About Tele 

AN agreement has been signed between Philco and NBC to exchange commercial 
and sustaining programs between their stations, WPTZ and WNBT, respectively. 
It will be the first regular two-way television relay service in the history of the industry 

In accord witn this agreement, WNBT which has obtained exclusive rights to 

televise the St. Louis-Dodger playoff from Ebbets Field, and will feed it to WPfZ in 
Philly. ... • The FCC has granted a construction permit to the William Penn Broad- 
casting Co. for a new commercial television station in Philadelphia. This grant brings to 
37 tne vioeo stations either licensed and operating, or recipient of cp's. ... • Vera 
Allen, acting chairman of the board, will be the guest star in the opening television 
proQuction on Friday of the professional veterans' course of the American Theater Wing, 
scheduled over Du Mont's WABD and WTTG. The veterans expect to telecast three 
stage hits, "Angel Street," "t-ersonal Appearance" and "The Vinegar Tree.". . . 

• More than 3UU members of the Appliance Dealers Association and tne Retail Record 
Dea.ers Association have shown interest in WrEN's recently announced television in- 
struction course which covers technical service information, installation factors, and 
sales procedure. ... • WRGB, the General Electric station in Schenectady, has re- 
newed its relationship with the Television Workshop of N. Y. for a continuation of the 
weekly series of haif-hour live studio programs which consist of a dramatic series, a 
dance series, a variety series, and a children's program series. ... • Ford is spon- 
soring WiJKti's telecasts of Northwestern University football games. ... • Patrick 
Micnael Cunning has not only completed an article on television for the Saturday 
Evening Posr, but is also giving a series of talks on television before various 
Los Angeies clubs. ... •The United States Television Manufacturing Corp. has an- 
nounced that it plans to reach a production rate of $10,000,000 yearly in 1947. . . . 

• WABD telecasts boxing and wrestling matches three times weekly from the Jamaica 
Arena. ... • WBKd is seriously considering extending its existing schedule in the 
near future since all its available commercial time has now been sold and several na- 
tional sponsors are anxious to participate. ... • One of the featured rooms in New 
York's ^loane s, a famous furniture store, is a living room in which one end contains 
a teievision-radio-phonograph unit, record cabinets and a motion picture screen — home 
entertainment in the future, eh! ... • Lou Little, famed Columbia football coach, is 
oack for a second year on WNBT sponsored by the U. S. Rubber Co. His "Friday Night 
Quarterback trogram" features films of the outstanding games of the previous week, and 
a prominent sports writer who will prognosticate the outcome of the next day s games. . . 

• While 78 commercial television stations have been licensed by the FCC, only six 
are operating An additional 31 new television stations have been granted construc- 
tion permits and 14 applications have been designated for hearing and are awaiting de- 

20th-Fox Ad Convention 
To Follow Skouras Drive 

Costa, Press Photo Head, 
Addresses Ampa Meeting 

(Continued from Page 1) 
Drive on Dec. z8, was announced yes- 
terday by Cliarles Schlaifer, ad-pub- 
licity chief. Drive bookings for Sep- 
temoer and October already have set 
a new record, it was said at the home 
ottice yesterday. 

Schlaifer said that with pre-re- 
lease dates in October for "My 
Darling Clementine" and "Margie," 
ooth >;ovember releases, the heaviest 
in 20th-Fox history, it had been 
^ound impractical to hold the four- 
day convention this month as 
planned. Both pix are slated for in- 
tensive ad-publicity campaigns in all 
pre-release engagements. 

"Clementine" will have its world 
premiere at the Fox, Frisco, on Oct. 
16, with director John Ford and 
stars -from the studio attending. 
George Jessel will emcee the festivi- 
ties. Following the Frisco debut, pic 
jpens day-and-date in 100 Western 

Schlaifer disclosed he will visit a 
number of ke"- situations around the 
country to diicuss with exhibitors 
new and streamlined methods of ad- 
vertising, exploitation and publicity 
which 20th-Fox has outlined for its 
future releases. Ad and exploitation 
campaigns already have been final- 
ized on "The Razor's Edge," "The 
Shocking Miss Pilgrim," '13 Rue 
Madeleine," "The Late George 
Apley," "Carnival in Costa Rica" and 
"The Brasher Doubloon." In addition 

Joseph Costa, president of the Na- 
tional Press Photographers Associ- 
ation, was the principal speaker at 
yesterday's meeting of Ampa. Wil- 
liam Finn, president of the Press 
Photographers Association of New 
York, spoke briefly. Morris Leftoff 
served as member emcee, Arnold 
Stoltz conducted the meeting in the 
absence of Rutgers Neilson, presi- 
dent, who was confined to his home 
with a leg injury. Plans for a big 
benefit to be held in the near future 
were announced. Nancy Carroll spoke 

Silver Box for Depinet 

London — Ned E. Depinet was pre- 
. ented with a silver box from RKO's 
United Kingdom organization on the 
occasion of his first visit to Britain. 
The RKO Radio top executive out- 
l.ned the company's expansion pro- 
gram at a meeting held in the Dor- 
chester Hotel. Ptiil Reisman, vice- 
president in charge of foreign opera- 
tions, was presented with an en- 
graved fruit stand as a birthday re- 

to preparing for the localization of 
.hese campaigns to achieve greater 
b. 0. returns, Schlaifer aho will dis- 
cuss with theatermen the company's 
plans for exploiting its 1947 releases. 

ATA's Intervention 
Unnecessary— D of J 


(Continued from Page 1) 
tions in the interest of the public 
and that such intervention is ua- 

Robert L. Wright, special assistant 
to the Attorney General, in hi.'^^*\- = 
ter to the Statutory Court, oppc ^j 
the motion to intervene, is reported I 
tO have pointed out that the court ■ 
denied a similar motion by the Amer- 
ican Civil Liberties Union when the 
anti-trust trial opened last Oct. 8. 
At that time, Wright objected to 
ACLU intervention oecause he said 
.ne D of J was protecting the pub- 
lic's interest. Tne court sustained 

Expect L200 at TBA 
Conference Next Week 

(Continued from Page 1) 
nounced at a TBA press luncheon 
at the hotel yesterday. J. R. Pop- ' 
pele, president of TBA, presided. 

More than half of the nation's 
states will . be represented at the 
conference by top execs, in radio, 
films, advertising and other fields, 
it was said by Ralph B. Austrian, 
prexy of RKO Television, who is 
general chairman of the two-day as- 
sembly. Conference is designed to 
spark a concerted industry drive to 
create a national television service. 

More than 80 important papers on 
various phases of tele will be pre- 
sented at the general sessions and 
panel meetings, while latest in tele 
equipment will be exhibited. 

All principal sessions of the con- 
ference are to be televised on the 
Schenectady-New York-Philadelphia- 
Washington net. Image Orthicon 
cameras will scan the proceedings 
in the main ballroom of the Waldorf, 
pick up events at the luncheons and 
banquets and also move into the ex- 
hibition rooms to televise the dis- 
play of video receivers and trans- 

Highlights of the two-day pro- 
gram include presentation of a scroll 
to the United Nations on Oct. 10, 
during which Benjanrtn Cohen of 
Chile, UNO's assistant secretary- 
general, W'ill speak; and presentation 
of the annual TBA Awards of Merit 
by Paul Raibourn, vice-president of 
Paramount and president of Tele- 
vision Productions, Inc., at the con- 
ference banquet Oct. 10. 


VIKINC FILMS, INC., New Ycrk City, deal in 
motion films, machines, etc., capital 200 shares 
no par value stock, three shares subscribed. In- 
corporated at Albany by Louis J. Meriell, Joseph 
Smith, Sidney M. Wittner. 

TELECITY, INC., New York City, with capital 
of 2,000 shares preier,ed stock $100 par value, 
1,000 shares common stock no par value, three 
shares common stock subscribed. Incorporated at 
Albany to operate television and motion pic- 
ture production center by David H. Jackman, 
Harry B. Davis, Norman Merino. 

coming up with a 
brand new Box-Office 
surprise . ... . . 

R K O 



Executive Producer ROBERT FELLOWS- Produced by WARREN] 





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DUFF • Directed by EDWIN L. MARIN • screen Play by LYNN root and FRANK FENTON 

81,247,429 COPIES OF n 

are carrying ads on this swell show, including Life 

(6 insertions) — Woman's Home Companion (5 inser- 

^tions) — Look (5 insertions) — Saturday Evening Post 

Cosmopolitan — Redbook — Liberty — Collier's ~ 

*ic — Esquire — True Story — Tri^^^^PH^ Pan List. 

ednesday, October 2, 1946 



oldwyn, Roach Join 
DasI Labor Crisis 

(Continued from Page 1) 

»o, Brewer said, in turn helped 
|ance their jurisdictional row with 
fe lA and the major studios. 
Most bitter fighting to date oc- 
V-'^d yesterday at the M-G-M stu- 
,| id resulted in 13 men being 
lijmcled and 19 hospitalized. Fight- 
\g started as deputy sheriffs at- 
Mpted to force the pickets away 
am the studio gate. Despite the 
jpketing attempt, producer reps. 

Ifd that normal production was un- 
r way. 
It is reported that the District 
jtorney's office plans to prevent 
burrence of the episode at M-G-M 
d to arrange for mass arrests if 


oil "Warning" Brings 

\mials by SAG, SWG 

\st Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Indignant denials 
be evoked by various actor-writer 
kanizations here over the recent 
yarning" by Matthew Woll, vice- 
(fisident of the AFL, that an indig- 
fct public would commence picket- 
s' of theaters showing films in 
Ikich "treasonable stars" performed 
^d whose written content stemmed 
bm alleged Communists. 
jWoll's charges appeared in a 
|;ned editorial in The American 
HiOto Engraver. He urged the in- 
■istry take action and create a 
j'eague for Political Decency." 
jiThe SAG called attention to its 
! claration last June that it would 
igorously oppose any Communist 
i Fascist influence in the motion 
4ure industry or the ranks of la- 

Emmet Lavery, president of the 
,,,V'G, unaffiliated with either the 
^L or CIO, observed: "We take 
\i position that a man's politics 
d religion are not the concern of 
ild or union. If it's true that 
Dversive people are employed, the 
ue is: what pictures and what 

t was said the high command 
che AFL had been goaded into the 
lunciation of players by recent 
ivities in the current AFL juris- 
tional dispute here. Players have 
n outspoken in their demands the 
L institute positive machinery to 
oice decisions in jurisdictional 
I iuroversies. 


ITH LINDMARK, acting secretary to Emil 
Stern, Essaness circuit general manager. 

LY MICKLE, clerk, 20th-Fox, Omaha. 

VLE SELLINCER, information girl. Paramount, 

AiLYNN HENDERSON, contract clerk, Para- 
mount, Omaha. 

Zi IBUTIER, filing clerk, Columtus, Omaha. 

iCY PERI, stenographer, Warner Bros., 

i Omaha. 

j/E LAWRENCE, assistant secretary to Ralph 
Maw, <M-C-M district manager, Minneapolis. 

Little Headlines: 

AMERICAN FILM PRODUCERS has been formed here with offices in the Empire State 
Bidg. The company will proouce industrial, training, sales and information films. Srudio 
facilities in the local area will be rented. Lawrence A. (alesnes and Robert Gross are 
executive producers. 

THE MONOGRAM DENVER EXCHANGE is moving to 2144 Champa, former Civic 
Theaters headquarters. C.vic m.ves temporarily to Monogram offices, 2147 Broadway, 
until tney can build own office building, for which they have Obtained priority, at 2046 

ANOTHER JACKRABBIT CIRCUIT has been started giving Mesa, Grand Valley and 
Carbondale, Coio., films a day a week. The owner is Norval I. Foster. 

• . 
INAUGURAL DINNER for the National Arthritis Research Foundation's $2,500,000 
fund-raising campaign has been postponed until Oct. 14 in order that Bob Hope may act 
as emcee. Spyros P. Skouras will preside at the dinner, at the Hotel Astor. 

WB Going 16mm. World- Wido 

Hummel to Talk Overseas Theater Expansion 

(Continued from Page 1) 

mm. product will be shown in Africa, 
Asia and Europe. 

Hummel is heading Coastwise 
where he will confab with company 
oiggies on development of 16 mm. 
plans, as well as the possibility of 
(.neater expansion wherever WJ3 is 
not getting proper representation. A. 
C. Brauninger is the manager of all 
i6 mm. pix distributed under the WB 

After spending more than 20 
months in Western Europe, Scandi- 
navia, and Africa, Hummel was con- 
vinced more than ever that the war 
had made the whole world motion 
picture conscious. 

"Unfortunately," he declared, ''the 
motion picture industry is tied up 
with the political situation. All gov- 
arnments realize the power of the 
motion picture as a force in educa- 
tion as well as in propaganda and 

Disagrees With de Rochemont 

Hummel disagreed with Richard de 
Rochemont's recent pessimistic re- 
port on the fall of American prestige 
abroad. The WB-Int. vice-prexy 
ended further discussion of the mac- 
cer by declaring, "Look at the com- 
ing elections in France." The infer- 
ence was that if the Communists 
showed a decrease in strength, then 
the MOT producer was wrong. 

Americans were much more jittery 
over the international situation than 
the Europeans were, observed Hum- 
mel. "Our ibig problem over there is 
the high taxes. Of course," he added 
drily, "I understand it's a problem 
here, too." 

In France, taxes on box office re- 
ceipts run about 45 per cent. Hum- 
mel said there was a good possibility 
that admisiion prices would be in- 
creased almost everywhere across the 

Although most foreign govern- 
ments are subsidizing or protecting 
their own film producers. Hummel 
showed small concern over that sort 
of competition, emphasizing that the 
only competition Hollywood had to 
fear was the competition of quality. 
"A good American picture will do 
terrific business. Any good picture 
will do terrific business," Hummel in- 

Praises the State Dept. 

In motion pictures there is no sub- 

stitute for mediocrity. Nor does 
patriotism pay the bills. That was 
Hummel's capsule criticism of Gov- 
ernmenc paternalism. He believes 
that the State Department is doing 
a good job in protecting American 
films against excessive discrimina- 
tion abroad. He said it would be in- 
teresting to watch developments in 
the case of the Blum-Byrnes agree- 
ment, whereby the French govern- 
ment guarantees American films at 
least tour weeks playing time out of 
every la. Hummel pointed out that 
this agreement does not prevent 
American iilms from .being shown 
more than the guaranteed minimum. 
He believes that superiority of pro- 
duct plus the possibility of greater 
profits can usually overcome any 
lingering chauvinism on the part of 
Eui-opean exhibitors. 

Comparative figures on Paris first- 
run pix since Juiy 1, when the B-B 
agreement went into effect, might be 
misleading ibecause French producers 
steer clear of Summer playing time, 
particularly in Paris wnere the 
weather can get very uncomfortable. 
From July 1 to Sept. 1, the French 
films had 22 per cent pictures 
against i;3 per cent playing time; 
American films had 73 per cent pic- 
tures against 76 per cent playing 

But with the return of cooler 
weather. Hummel feels that the ratio 
of first-run pix in Paris, for the 26- 
week period ending June 18, will be 
more characteristic of what Amer- 
ican producers can expect: The 
French had 54 per cent pictures 
showing against 51 per cent playing 
time; Americans, 32 per cent pic- 
tures against 26 per cent playing 

Sees Overall Improvement 

But Warner's veepee feels that de- 
spite forebodings, like the figures 
just cited, and the fact that raw 
stock is difficult to get in France, 
he is looking to the future for a great 
overall improvement. The spirit of 
the people all over Europe is won- 
derful. Hummel said. And that's 
what counts. 

After Hummel's Coast conference 
with his boss, he expects to stay in 
the States only a short while, re- 
turning to his Paris office about 
Oct. 17. 

Universai on a 
Sliow-Case Survey 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

country in the search for "showcases." 
The Winter Garden on Broadway 
passed to full Universal control early 
in Septem/ber and that house is the 
lead-off theater in a group slated to 
be acquired. No deals for other the- 
aters have been closed. 

MPAA Countersuit Against 
Hughes Makes 3 Demands 

(Continued from Page 1) 
Productions, producer of "The Out- 

The MPAA asked (1) dismissal of 
the suit, (2) an order directing the 
removal of the seal of approval from 
"The Outlaw," and (3) the enjoining 
and restraining of the plaintiffs from 
distributing prints of the picture 
containing the seal during the pen- 
dency of the action. 

In its amended answers, the 
MPAA claimed that Hughes Produc- 
tions was continuing to show "The 
Outlaw" in certain cities with the 
defendants' seal of approval and that 
if it continued, it would cause "ir- 
reparable" damage to the associa- 
tion and its members. Pointing out 
that the MPAA had voided the cer- 
tificate of approval for failure to 
submit advertising copy and for us- 
ing unapproved ads, the answers 
state that the MPAA gave written 
notice of the action on Sept. 6, 1946, 
and demanded that the seal be re- 
turned pursuant to the agreement. 

Top Magazine Campaign 
For Para/s "Blue Skies" 

The largest magazine advertising 
budget in the history of Paramount 
has been set for Irving Berlin's 
"Blue_ Skies," Stanley Shuford, ad- 
vertising manager, disclosed yester- 
day at the second day's meeting of 
field representatives, home office and 
studio heads. Camnaign will ex- 
ceed that of "For Whom the Bell 
Tolls," the previous record holder. 
"Two Years Before the Mast" also 
gets a big magazine campaign. 

Advertising on "Blue Skies," Shu- 
ford said, provide for 25 insertions 
in 13 national magazines, plus 14 
fan magazines. The ads will appear 
in publications with a total circula- 
tion of 77,284,594, with an estimated 
150.000,000 readers. 

"Blue Skies" also will get twice 
the radio time of any previous 
Para, pix, Shuford added. 

George Weltner and Sid Mesibov 
speak at today's sessions. 


licity manager, is confined to his home due 
to a leg injury. 

NAN SUNDERLAND, wife of Walter 
Huston, is recovering from an emergency 
appendectomy performed at their ranch 
40 miles from Hollywood. 


Balaban & Katz APOLLO Chicago 


•* Loew's CRITERION new york 


^ Warner's ALDINE Philadelphia 


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DL. 90, NO. 67 




krike Causes Johnston to Defer European Trip 

PAA Head Expected 
Fly to Hollywood; 
I Ask Green's Help 

shington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

V'ashington— Prepared to take an 
I ive part in the current, bloody 
i Ijrwood strike, MPAA President 

c A. Johnston yesterday "post- 
I ed indefinitely" his projected 

:opean trip pending settlement of 
labor dispute. 

n a terse, two-sentence statement, 
, 'AA said: 

Eric Johnston has decided to 
I (Cantinued on Page 11) 

ll-Eledronic Color 
sle System Ready 

Ln all-electronic system of color 
!vision is being offered by Color 
evision. Inc., of San Francisco. 
)rge Sleeper, head of the com- 
ly, said here yesterday that his 
a's method involved stationary 
j^rs, whereas Columbia Broadcast- 
I (Continued on Page 11) 

adios to Increase Radio 
le for Location Shooting 

Wshington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
jVashington — Hollywood studios 
1 lect to make increased use of ra- 
I during shooting of pix on loca- 
(ConHnued in Page 6) 

St. Louis Star-Times 
Starts iVewj Directory 

j St. Lruis — What is claimed to be 
the first daily cross-indexed direc- 
tory of theaters and attractions 
started Monday in the Star-Times, 
whose predecessor, the Star, ran the 
First film theater directory in Si. 
Louis in its April 14, 1916 edition. 
Directory is in two sections, one 
isting all films showing currently, 
iwith the names of theaters showing 
^he pictures, the other listing paid 
advertisements of theaters, arranged 
alphabetically by theaters. Of the 
no film theaters in St. Louis and 
)t. Lcuis County, 94 took space in 
Monday's directory. 

Worhings of Wehh-Pomerene Act May Cotne 

Under Scrutiny by House Monopoly Group 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — A complete report of its anti-trust activities of the last 10 
years has been asked of the Federal Trade Commission by Chairman Estes 
Kefauver of the Monopoly subcommittee of the House Small Business Commit- 

A monopoly study now ^oing on in that committee, as well as similar inves- 
tigations being carried on in the Senate may lead to revision of the new anti- 
monopoly bill introduced in the Senate last Summer by a bi-partisan group in- 
cluding Sens. Wayne Morse, Ore., Rep., and Harley Kilgore, W. Va., Dem. 

Although a questionnaire sent the FTC does not refer specifically to the 
Webb-Pomerene Act., which pr.vides authority for the organization of the Mo- 
tion Picture Export Association, committee aides believe the working of this 
law will also come in for scrutiny. 

Skouras Names Koegel 
20-Fox Chief Counsel 

Spyros P. Skouras, president of 
20th Century-Fox, yesterday an- 
nounced the appointment of Otto E. 
Koegel as chief 
counsel of the 
corporation and 
its subsidiaries. 
Koegel will con- 
tinue to be a 
member of the 
firm of Dwight, 
Harris, Koegel & 
Caskey, general 
counsel of 
20th-Fox; but will 
maintain an office 
in the corpora- 
tion's office build- 
ing. Since 1930 he 
has devoted a 
large part of his 
time to the affairs 
of the corporation. 

Post of chief counsel is a new one, 
(Continued on Page 3) 


Columbia 1946 Net 
Hits $3,450,489 

'Columbia yesterday announced 
that gross earnings of the corpora- 
tion and its subsidiaries for the fiscal 
year ended June 30 last were $7,000,- 
489.94. After deducting Federal in- 
come and excess profits taxes 
amounting to $3,550,000, the net 
earnings were $3,450,489.94, equal 
alter deducting dividends on pre- 
ferred stock, to $5.25 per share on 
(Continued on Page 12) 

KMTA's ATA Affiliation 
Awaits Finalized Decree 

Kansas City — The annual conven- 
tion of the Kansas-Missouri Theater 
Assn. at its closing session here late 
yesterday withheld decision on affil- 
iation with ATA, adopting these two 

1. Authorizing the officers of 
KMTA to request the board of Kan- 
(Continued on Page 11) 

SAG Caravan io AFL Meei 

Will Urge Machinery to Settle Coast Strikes 

Loew's Execs. Criss Cross 
Globe to Spur Foreign Biz 

Loew's home office biggies are 

criss-crossing the globe, preparing to 

rejuvenate the overseas markets. 

Arthur M. Loew, prexy of Loew's 

(Continued on Page 6) 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — The Screen Actors 
Guild announced that the organiza- 
tion is sending a flying caravan to 
attend the AFL convention in Chi- 
cago Monday in its campaign to urge 
the AFL to set up machinery for the 
arbitration of all jurisdictional dis- 
( Continued on Page 6) 

To Be Used as Part of 
Probe of "Effectiveness" 
Of Government's Program 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Chairman Estes Ke- 
fauver, of the monopoly sub-com- 
mittee of the House Small Busi- 
ness Committee, announced yester- 
day that the Committee has called 
on Attorney General Tom C. Clark 
to furnish full information on the 
"scope and success" of the Depart- 
ment of Justice's anti-trust divi- 
( Continued on Page 12) 

CIEA Withholds 
Decision on Decree 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Wasnington — jarring last-minute 
developments, the Conference of In- 
dependent Exhibitors Assn. will keep 
its specific recommendations in the 
New York equity case under wraps 
until oral arguments are heard be- 
fore the three-judge Federal Court, 
delegates decided here yesterday fol- 
lowing a three-hour session with 
(Continued an Page 12) 

13 20th-Fox Trainees 
Assigned to Overseas 

Following an intensive training 
course in all phases of selling, show- 
manship and distribution in the for- 
eign field, Murray Silverstone, 20th- 
Fox International president, yester- 
( Continued on Page 11) 

CIEA Chairmen to 
Rotate; Yamins Next 

Washington Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — The Conference of 
Independent Exhibitors' Associations 
will rotate its chairmen, it was de- 
cided yesterday at the second day of 
parleys of the organization. Nathan 
Yamins of Boston was voted to serve 
as chairman of the CIEA until and 
during the next meeting, as yet not 
scheduled. Jesse Stern of New York 
has been chairman since the CIEA's 
inception and presided at the meet- 
ings during the last two days. 


Thursday, October 3, 1946 ' 

Vol. 90, No. 67 Thurs., Oct. 3, 1916 10 Cents 



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Columbia Picts 26^4 

Columbia Picts. pfd. 85 

East. Kodak 212 

Gen. Prec. Eq 24 V2 

Loew's, Inc ZlVz 

Paramount 32V2 


Republic Picts 

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Radio-Keith cvs 6% 5^/8 

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Technicolor 16% I61/8 

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cominG nno come 

jAMcS R. CRAiNCER, Republic executive vice- 
^resiuent and general saies manager, le.t for 
j,/srun yesterday and will return to New York on 

bciiY MILLER, Pittsburgh correspondent of 
iHt nLM wAiLt, is a New YorK visitor. 

jANt rROMAN is a guest at the McAllister 
rluiej, Miami, Fla. 

EliWA.\U L. WALTON, Republic assistant gen- 
.ral saies manager, is visiting the company's 
jKiahoma City Branch, and wid make a stop- 
jver at Daiias prior to his return to New York 
on Oct. 14. 

G. L. CARRINCTON, president and general 
• iianager ot Aitec, is a New York visitor. 

WALTER L. TITUS, in charge of Republic 
jrancn operations, is now in New Orleans, on 
■ ne first stop or a branch tour which win take 
.iim to the Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, ana 
.v^emphis branches. 

TED O'SHEA returned yesterday from the 

JOSEPH H. MOSKOWITZ, vice-president and 
.;asiern studio rep. of 20th Century-tox, leit 
New York yesterday for the Coast. He was ac- 
.ompanied by LlW SCHREIbER, ot the studios. 

DUKOlHY MANNtKS, sciecn columnist, ar- 
ived in New York yesterday from the Coast for 
J one-month vacation. 

RENIE RiANO, Monogram player, who is 
Maggie" in the forthcoming "Maggie and 
,iggs film, will arrive in her trailer Monday. 

lOM BRtNhMAN, originator of "Breakfast in 
Hollywood," is visiting New York from the 
-oast with MRS. BRENEMAN. 

SAM ISRAEL, director ot publicity for Eagle- 
tion studios in Hollywood, will leave here to- 
.norrow for the West Coast after one week of 
conferences with A. W. Schwalberg, Max Young- 
jtein, Arthur Jeffrey, Jock Lawrence and Arnold 

ED BLUMENTHAL, Monogram franchise holder, 
IS a Chicago visitor from Dallas. 

EDWARD ZORN, UTO president, and his 
/^ife are spending their vacation on the West 
Coast from Chicago. 

BLANCHE LIVINGSTON, of the RKO home of- 
fice, is having a look-see at the RKO-Schine 
nouses in Syracuse, N. Y. 

J. REAL NETH, Columbia Theater operator, 
and his wife are on a several weeks' vacation 
in Mexico. 

Short for UN Delegates 
Shows N. Y. Value as Home 

A documentary film, now being 
produced for exclusive presentation 
to United Nations delegates, and 
designed to show the potentials of 
New York as a permanent home for 
all of the UN meetings, is being 
sponsored by the sub-committee's 
funds of the Mayor's Committee on 
UN, of which Nelson A. Rockefeller 
is vice-chairman. 

Wallace K. Harrison, prominent 
New York architect, is also reported 
to have an interest in the film which 
is being produced at the RKO-Pathe 
Studios. Robert Moses as well as 
Mayor O'Dwyer have already been 
included in the footage, delivering 
special messages to the delegates. 

CLAUDE LEE, Paramount director of public 
relations, is in Kansas City for the Kansas- 
Missouri Theater Association convention. 

EUGENE ZUKOR, accompanied by MRS. 
ZUKUK, leaves the Coast by train en Saturday 
tor New York. 

HARRY GOLDSTEIN, Paramount's Cleveland 
district manager, and SAUL FkIFILLD, branch 
manager there, have been in town for home of- 
fice talks. 

TbD WEBER, manager of the Chicago Sun 
amusement advertising department, has lerurncd 
from a Florida vacation. 

RALFH COHN, Comet Prods, executive, left 
New Yoik for Hollywood yesterday while Co- 
producer BUDDY ROGERS win leave for tne 
Coast today to join Cohn in Hollywood. 

E. W. AARON, M-G-M assistant general 
sales manager, and HERBERT NU^tAUM, 0. the 
home office legal dept., left Kansas City last 
night for Denver. 

CLYDE GOODSON and AL DUREN, Paramount's 
Atlanta branch manager and sales manager, 
respectively, are in town. 

IRVING BERLIN is back from Great Britain. 

CHARLES K. STERN, assistant treasurer for 
Loew s, returned yesterday from Chicago. 

WILLIAM G. BRENNER, head of M-G-M's 
field auditing department, got back yesterday 
from a Kansas City and Chicago. 

MAX WOLFF, Loew and M-G-M purchasing 
head, returned yesterday from St. Louis and 

GEORGE K. SIDNEY, M-G-M director, left 
Chicago yesterday for the Coast. 

LILI PALMER is due in New York today from 
the Coast. 

EVE ARDEN has arrived in New York from 

PANDRO BERMAN, M-C-M producer, will 
arrive on the Coast tomorrow after a two-week 
visit to New York. 

TCNY MARTIN, M-G-M star, was scheduled 
to arrive in New York from the Coast yesterday. 

JOHN E. FLYNN, Midwestern M-G-M sales 
manager, is due from Chicago Oct. 10. 

reprints and importations department, leaves 
today to visit the Seattle and other Western ex- 

EDDIE SONZ, formerly with National Screen 
Service is in Chicago from Miami Beach, Fla., 
for a visit. 

FLOYD FITZSIMMONS, Albany and New Haven; 
and ED GALLNER, Philadelphia; and TOM 
BALDRIDCE, Washington, M-G-M exploiteers, 
have returned to their respective territories 
from New York. 

Film Buying A Topic at 
N. J. Allied Meeting 

Films and film buying will be a 
principal topic for discussion by 
Allied Theater Owners of New Jer- 
sey at its organization meeting 
scheduled for next Tuesday at the 
Tracy-Trent Hotel in Trenton. 

Ed Lachman, president, will give 
a detailed report to the membership 
on the national organization's con- 
vention in Boston last month. It 
will be a state-wide meeting. 


86 East Van Buren Street, Chicago 5 

Presenting the best pictures 
from all over the World 

Extends congratulations 

to America's Talkie Pioneers 

"Wilson," First U. S. FUm 
Under New Czech Pact 

"Wilson" will be the first Amer: 
can film to be shown in Czechoslc 
vakia for the first time in six yearsj; 
The Prague premiere of the 20th- 
Fox film will coincide with thi 
Czechoslovakian Independen- Oal|i 
which falls on Oct. 28. ^ 

Eight major film studios, members > 
of MPEA, have just completed ne- 
gotiations with Lubomir Linhart 
president of the Czechoslovakia! ■ 
Motion Picture Association, to ex" 
hibit a total of 80 American pi| 
each year. 



Rockefeller Center 
Gary GRANT • Ingrid BERGMAN 
in Alfred Hitchcock'i "NOTORIOUS" 

An RKO Radio Picture 


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20th Century-Fox Presents 

"Three Liftle Girls in Blue' 

Plus on Stage — BEATRICE KAY 

Mary Raye & Naidi . Extra! Maurice Roc« 

hursday, October 3, 1946 


oath's UAPix to 
e Quality Comedies 

Describing comedy as the "scarcest 
mmodity," Hal Roach said yester- 

.|,y he planned to produce the high- 

j}l---Mality com- 
I -^)roduct for 
jrl^E^d Artists 
ilder his recently 

i)nipleted ar- 

'ngement. At an 

dustry press 

^incheon at 21 

•ub, Roach said 

'' had completed 
Tee of the six 

• the feature 
medies in Cine- 
Roach said that 

.5 productions 
Duld not be of 

Le "B" category 

I it would be of 

[^e highest quality and produced at 

!p-budget scales. Lengths of the 
3tures, he said, would be based on 
e footage necessary to tell the 
3ry, but he indicaied that they 
)uld be on the "streamliner" plan 

. under 60 minutes in i'unning- time. 
Roach said that as the result of 
e Army's occupancy of his studio, 
tween nine and 16 acres had been 
ded to his lot. He pointed out 
at Walter Wanger would be the 
le other tenant of the studio. Ap- 
oximately 30 members of the press 
tended the luncheon. Paul Lazarus, 

_., introduced Roach and Walter 



kouras Names Koegel 
20-Fox Cliief Counsei 

' (Continued from Page 1) 

^ was said, and does not alter the 

itus of the company's legal de- 
'rtment. William T. Powers is 

th-Fox general counsel, and Ed- 
'n P. Kilroe is in charge of produc- 
jin and copyright legal matters. 

fill Introduce Bill 
apealing Ala. Sales Tax 

iMontgomery, Ala. — As soon as the 

fiw session of the State Legislature 
Ijiets, Senator-nominee C. J. Owens 
ill introduce a bill abolishing the 
lite's two per cent salei tax, and 
' bstituting a gross receipts levy 
:5tead. Theater men are strongly 
■posed to the sales tax because of 


Oct. 3 
Paul Panzer S. S. Braunberg 

**Sister Kenny''': Entertainment Plus 

• • • ENTERTAINMENT IS THE FIRST DUTY of the producer 

Occasionally a picture comes along which not only possesses this 

potent quality to a marked degree but also presents a thrilling and in- 
spiring message Such a picture is RKO's "Sister Kenny" which 

soon will be showing throughout the country There is intense 

drama in the Hie story of a woman who has brought countless children 
back to health and laughter by her persistent fdith and courage 

This at the personal sacrifice of all things that most women hold 

dear RKO Radio is to be admired for its couroge in filming the 

great story of Sister Elizabeth Kenny Dudley Nichols deserves high 

pia'se for an understanding and brilliantly conceived production 

Rosalind Russell, in the title role, has caught the spirit of a great 
woman and has made it live and glow through the medium of the 

screen "Sister Kenny" is family entertainment in every sense of 

the word It is a picture which reflects credit on the motion picture 

industry Like the well-remembered "Blossoms in the Dust" and 

"Madame Curie," it is on attraction of the highest order and one vrhich 
any exhibitor can be proud to show 

• • • JUST AS PHIL M. was cussing the current shortage of 
matches at cigar stores yesterday, in came an envelope from Bernie 
Estes, the tub thumper for Confidential Reports, with an initialed cig- 
arette lighter It seems that Bernie wanted to tie up the gift with 

Dr. Lubin's return to CRI or Jack Levin's 30th anniversary in the film 
industry or a couple of other reasons, including objections to local 

checkers But he finally settled on the premise of the gift being 

"purely in the spirit of good whimsy" which is reason enough 

Now, who wants to provide the cigarettes??? 

• • • CUFF NOTES: That neat tribute paid Paul Lazarus, Jr., for 
his special handling of J. Arthur Rank's "Henry V" by Walter Wanger 

at yesterday's "21" press luncheon is richly-deserved And here's 

why: To date, it has brought UA exactly $500,000 in American film 
rentals, a figure rolled up in just eight cities The Boston engage- 
ment accounts for one-iilth of the total Now in its 26th week in the 

Hub, current biz is running ahead of that in the L8th week Nor is 

the end of the Boston engagement anywhere in sight In Chicago, 

the lease on the Civic has been extended for another eight weeks, os- 

suring a run there of at least 16 weeks Give Paul sufficient prints, 

and there's no telilng what he may achieve with "Henry V" At 

present, he has just 14 prints at his disposaL ... • More than $125,- 
OOO was raised at the Greater Boston Combined Jewish Appeal dinner 
of the motion picture division at which Barney Balaban and Louis Nizer 
spoke and for which Sam Pinanski was toastmaster. ... • The Wall 
St. Journal reported yesterday that elimination of the remaining 230,000 
shares of $1.50 cumulative convertible preferred stock of 20th-Fox is re- 
garded as a distinct possibility. ... • Joseph Gould, former SPG 
prexy, is leaving UA's ad-publicity dept. on Nov. 1 to join Freedom Road 
Films, Inc., new producing unit headed by Paul Robeson ...... 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • THE QUESTION BEFORE THE HOUSE, it seems to Phil M. is 
not so much whether distributors and exhibitors can reach on agreement 
upon so-called trade reforms (there was UMPI, you may recall), as it is 
whether such agreement, if, as and when, will be sanctioned by the 
Government (andi remember, the D of J killed UMPI) 


Walter Wanger will produce from 
two to four pictures a year for 
United Artists over an unannounced 
period, the pro- 
ducer said yester- 
day at a trade 
press luncheon 
tendered by UA. 
It was pointed 
out that Wanger 
would occupy half 
of the Hal Roach 
studio where he 
^ would add an ad- 
^M m inistration 
building and bun- 
, r||| galows for writ- 

'M^0-^- Wanger, who 
^.'.'.t-X'A'. g|.jjj j^^g three pic- 

WALTER WANGER tures to deliver 
to Universal un- 
der a non-exclusive deal, said that 
by tenanting the Roach studio he 
would be able to produce the high- 
est quality product without the extra 
costs. He paid tribute to UA for its 
showmanship in promoting "Henry 
V," describing it as the most "im- 
portant promotion in the last year." 
Such pictures, he said, should be 
handled by different types of exhibi- 
tion methods as it was designed to 
reach different types of audiences. 

As an example, Wanger referred 
to Mark Hellinger's "The Killers," 
which, he said, had no "names" and 
a new director and yet was doing a 
tremendous business. 

Wanger introduced David Tannen- 
baum, his partner and attorney. 

Organize Symphony Films 

IVest Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — ^Benjamin Glazer and 
Nat W. Finston have organized Sym- 
phony Films and will produce "The 
Tragic Symphony" based on the life 
of Tchaikovski as their initial pro- 
duction for Monogram release. Two 
unknowns will be given an oppor- 
tunity to attain stardom in the film. 

Urges Tele Industry 
To Curb Commercials 

Philadelphia — Television set man- 
ufacturers and broadcasters were 
urged to take steps to set up an in- 
dustry-wide committee to draft a 
code of ethics against excessive com- 
mercialization of telecasts. Pre-^'ct- 
ing that commercial television will be 
a reality within a year Joseph Lie, I, 
president of Sonora Radio & Tele- 
visi n Corp., told a meeting of the 
Poor Richard Club that unless such 
a code is drawn, "there is a danger 
that television may turn out to be 
nothing but a complicated mechanism 
operated for the sole purpose of 
selling mouth wash and deodorants." 
Gerl is a director of the Radio Manu- 
facturers' Association and a me-^ber 
of the Television Broadcasters' As- 

On the next page you'll see why Mr. M-G-M Exhibitor enjoys sweet 
dreams. Variety's Survey, which it states has been "checked and double- 
checked" is further incontestible evidence of M-G-M Leadership. There 
are constant and understandably sincere claims of leadership in the industry, 
but to showmen all that matters is the final accounting at the end of each 
year— year after year! M-G-M's Friendly Customers know the score from 
their own records, now verified by Variety's report. We list on the next 
page some of the M-G-M Top Hits of the Future. Stick with M-G-M 
and rest easy! 




33 TOP HITS-" 

M-G-M HAS 13 




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Yes! Only One Company Can Be First. And by such a margin. Almost 3 times as many 
top hits as the runner up. Almost 40 per cent of the entire industry's Top Hit Total ! 


THE YEARLING (technicolor) 


GREER GARSON, Robert Mitchum, Richard Hart 


Melvyn Douglas, Robert Walker 


Robert Mitchum 

FIESTA (Technicolor) 
ESTHER WILLIAMS, Akim Tamiroff, Ricardo Montalban, 
John Carroll, Mary Astor, Cyd Charisse 


MICKEY ROONEY, Lewis Stone, Sara Haden, Lina Romay 


VAN JOHNSON, JUNE ALLYSON, Thomas Mitchell, Marilyn MaxweU 

MARGARET O'BRIEN, Cyd Charisse, Karen Booth, Danny Thomas 


Jimmy Durante, Peter Lawford 




(Cast alphabetically) JUNE ALLYSON, LUCILLE BREMER, JUDY, 




MICKEY ROONEY, Walter Huston, Gloria De Haven, 
"Butch" Jenkins, Frank Morgan, Marilyn Maxwell, 
Agnes Moorehead, Selena Royle 




Tom Drake, Beverly Tyler, Audrey Totter 


MARGARET O'BRIEN, Angela Lansbury, 
George Murphy, Phyllis Thaxter 


WALLACE BEERY, Dean Stockwell, Edward Arnold, Aline MacMahon 


GENE KELLY, Marie MacDonald, Charles Winninger 

THIS TIME FOR KEEPS (Technicolor) 

ESTHER WILLIAMS, Lauritz Melchior, Jimmy Durante, 
Johonie Johnston, Xavier Cugat 


ROBERT MONTGOMERY, Audrey Totter, Uoyd Nolan 


Thursday, October 3, 194( 

SAG Flying Caravan 
To Attend AFL Confab 

(Continued from Page 1) 

putes and "the settlement of the 
present studio strike." Among those 
who will make the trip are Walter 
Pidgeon, Robert Taylor, Edward Ar- 
nold, President Robert Montgomery, 
Gene Kelly, George Murphy, Dick 
Powell, June Allyson, Ronald Reagan 
and Jane Wyman. 

Republic has laid off seven fore- 
men who refused to work on "hot" 
sets and is not employing any CiSU 
carpenters or painters. Despite this 
action, no picketing has taken place 
at the Valley plant. CSU set design- 
ers and machinists are still working 
at Republic which iast night started 
production on "Outlaws of Sioux 

Picket Parade at M-G-M Studio 

Eight hundred pickets paraded 
around the M-iG-M studio yesterday 
morning and then dispersed, using 
but the legal number of pickets be- 
fore the gate. There was no violence. 
One hundred and fifty deputy 
sheriffs were at the studio to main- 
tain order. 

At the Goldwyn staaio yesterday 
21 plasterers and five painters were 
laid off. No OSU memlbers are now 
working at the plant. 

Memb-ers of the Screen Writers 
Guild adopted a resolution calling on 
writers to abide by the anti-strike 
clause in their contract with the stu- 
dios, but reserving the right of its 
members to work at home to avoid 
possible injury by entering the struck 
studios. Full legal support is prom- 
ised any member refusing to cross 
picket lines. A resolution approving 
the August AFIi directive was de- 


Loew's Execs. Criss Cross 
Globe to Spur Foreign Biz 

(Continued from Page 1) 
International, will fly to Paris on 
Oct. 8 to check on market condi- 
tions and to mesh international pol- 
icy matters. 

Now touring the Continent are: 
George Muchnic, vice-prexy of 
Loew's Int'l; David Lewis, regional 
director for Europe, the Middle East 
and Europe; Wladimir A. Pozner, 
general manager of M-G-M Inter- 
national Films, and Seymour Mayer, 
sales manager of the 16 mm. depart- 

Pozner will stop off in Paris and 
Rome to make a synchronization 
survey, among other things. Mayer 
is preparing an analysis of the first 
year's 16 mm. planning and opera- 

Dave Blum, Loew's Int'l director 
of advertising, publicity, and exploi- 
tation, has just returned from a two- 
month tour of the Continent, North 
Africa, and the Middle East. 

Charles Goldsmith, co-6rdinator 
for the British Empire, will fly to 
Hollywood on Oct. 7, and then hop 
to Sydney, Australia, four days 
later. On his way back to Sydney, 
Goldsmith expects to stop off at the 
Fijis and New Caledonia. 

Eddie F. O'Connor, regional di- 


with Richard Arlen, Veda Ann Borg 
PRC 67 Mins. 


With Richard Arlen in the main role, this 
adaptation of Frank Gruber's story, "Simon 
Lash, Detective," is to be recommended 
chiefly for its action elements and some 
fine chase sequences. These two items 
alone should please the audience. Addi- 
tionally there's a couple of murders and a 
sheeting match to perk things up. 

Arlen's services are engaged by Veda Ann 
Borg when she reports her husband, a 
banker, missing. Arlen is an old flame. He 
suspects something amiss in the wind and 
investigation uncovers another woman. When 
he learns the case borders on divorce he is 
about to quit when information concerning 
the missing man — he's murdered — arrives. 
A provincial sheriff intrudes and suspects 
Arlen. Meanwhile a brunette is murdered. 
Arlen gets a line on a mysterious woman in 
the case and an auto chase follows. Clues 
lead him out into the Mojave Desert where 
at a strange castle he meets up with a com- 
plete set of characters who make things hot 
for a short while. At length Arlen gets 
the upper hand and brings about the solu- 
tion cf the case which is given an assist 
by the suicide of the guy who was supposed 
to be dead in the first place. 

Walter Colmes' direction will keep the 
audience properly guessing as to whodunit. 
The important characterizations are con- 
vincingly enough performed. Production- 
wise it is well handled. 

CAST: Richard Arlen, Veda Ann Borg, Michael 
Branden, Earle Hodgins, Edward Earle, Tom 
Dugan, Marjorie Manners, Francis Ford, Herbert 

CREDITS: Producer, John K. Teaford; Direc- 
tor, Walter Colmes; Screenplay, Irving Elman, 
frank Cruber; Original, Frank Cruber; Camera- 
man, Jockey Feindel; Music, Alexander Laszlo; 
Film Editor, Frank Webster; Art Direction, frank 


The Welldigger's 


with Raimu, Fernandel 

122 Mins. 

Broadened Vacations in 
New Eastman Kodak Plan 

Rochester — Under an extension of 
Eastman Kodak's yearly vacations 
with pay plan, all people on an hour- 
ly basis will receive two weeks' va- 
cation instead of one, it is announced. 
Employes will qualify for three 
weeks' vacation after 15 years' serv- 
ice and workers with between five 
and 15 years of service will receive 
two and a fraction weeks, based on 
length of service. Plan affects all 
full-time employes at Kodak plants, 
subsidiaries, stores and branches, or 
a total of approximately 40,000 men 
and women in many parts of the 

rector for the Far East, starts on a 
six-month tour of his territory just 
as his assistant, Maurice "Red" Sil- 
verstein, returned from an extended 
tour through the same area. 

Richard J. Brenner, assistant re- 
gional director for Latin America, 
will be touring that area for the next 
few months. Orton H. Hicks, di- 
rector of the 16 mm. department, 
might bump into him when he leaves 
for the same territory by November. 

Encyclopaedia Britannica 
Leases Wilmette Building 

Chicago — Encyclopaedia Britan- 
nica Films, Inc., has leased the First 
National Bank Bldg., Wilmette, 111., 
for use by the company's research 
and production offices, now located 
in New York, E. H. Powell, presi- 
dent, announced. Company will take 
possession on December 1 and the 
building is scheduled to be ready for 
occupancy by February 1. 

M-G-M Records Account 
Goes to Donahue & Coe 

Donohue & Coe, Inc. have been ap- 
pointed advertising counsel for 
M-G-M Records. Immediate adver- 
tising plans call for newspaper, spot 
radio, and trade paper campaigns, 

'Below the Deadline' 


With two of France's finest in the cast 
"The Welldigger's Daughter" has everything 
audiences are accustomed to expect from 
French films. Basically the early stages of 
the story are strictly very old hat but when 
the Gallic flair for dissection, comic analysis 
and logic is applied to the unfoldment, then 
it becomes a very superior film played to ar- 
tistic perfection. 

As serious as the fundamental intent of 
the story seems there is nevertheless wry 
humor to the tale and the late Raimu's 
talent for this needs no retelling here. 

In high fidelity to the real life people 
and their surroundings the scenario deals 
with the parental troubles of Raimu, the 
welldigger, when his daughter is seduced 
and becomes an unwed mother. The man in 
the case is a pilot. He is called to the wars. 
Raimu confronts the man's parents and they 
are apathetic. Rather than face the towns- 
people he sends the girl to her aunt to 
bear the child. Later the pilot is reported 
killed and there is some effort to reconcile 
the two families. Fernandel turns up, he is 
a soldier, and brings word the pilot is alive. 
The pilot marries the girl at the conclusion. 

Now that is not very much a new story. 
But here all the film's merit lies in the 
telling and Marcel Pagnol has seen to it in 
his direction, that the warm, human aspects 
of simple people with their comic insight in 
dealing profundities and frailties become a 
moralizing entertainment. 

Josette Day is effective as the girl in the 
case. Other Gallic worthies in the cast in- 
clude Charpin and Milly Mathis. The sets 
are simple, real and a good deal of the story 
is shot outdoors. An "original" by Pagnol, 
the production is realistically mounted and 
convincing all the way. 

CAST: Raimu, Fernandel, Josette Day, Charpin, 
George Grey, Milly Mathis, Line Noro, Tramel. 

CRiEDITS, Producer, Director, Author, Marcel 
Pagnol; Film Editor, Charles Clement; Music, 
Vincent Scotto; English subtitles, Herman C. 


with Warren Douglas and Ramsay Ames 


Monogram 65 Mini' 


This offering, which gives Warrei. ^ug- 
las his first starring role, holds the inter- 
est nicely and should do well in its market 
Douglas gives a splendid performance and it 
certain to attract favorable attention. 

William Beaudine turned in a good 
of directing, while Lindsley Parsons handled 
the production chores. Ramsay Ames and 
Jan Wiley do well in the femme leads. Paul 
Maxey, a newcomer, will bear watching, 
Philip Van Zandt is prominent in the supjj 
porting cast. jjl 

Following the slaying ef his brother, 
George Meeker, a gambling racketeer, by i 
Van Zandt, a rival gang leader, Douglas, 
just out of the army as a flyer officer, takes 

Douglas^ former commanding officer, 
George Eldredge, starts an airport, and 
Douglas loans him $50,0(X). Eldredge is 
anxious to get Douglas to quit the rackets 
and quietly turns over the money to elect [j 
a reform candidate for mayor. || 

Douglas is injured in a gun battle with 
Van Zandt, and the picture closes with the 
former as a partner in the airport and outij 

CAST: Warren iDouglas, RamsayAmes, 

s. I J 

Wiley, Paul Maxey, Philip Van Zandt, John 
Harmon, Bruce Edwards, George Meeker, Clancy 
Cooper, Gay Forrester, Alan Bridges, George 
Eldredge, William Ruhl. 

CREDITS: Producer, Lindsley Parsons; Direc- 
tor, William Beaudine; Author, Ivan Tors; Screen- ) 
play, Harvey Gates, Forrest Judd; Cameraman, [ 
Harry Neumann; Editors, Richard Currier and Ace 
Herman; Musical Director, Edward J. Kay. 1 1 


Studios to Increase Radio 
Use for Location Shooting 

(Continued from Page 1) ' 

tion, the FOC indicated yesterday 
in announcing revised allocations for 
various non-Government fixed and 
mobile services. 

Although the war curtailed this! 
activity by pix companies, inquirie|| 
to the Commission indicate that sti 
dios plan to make "considerable use' 
of radio in the near future. 

At the present time, Starr Soun^ 
Systems, which services the major 
companies, has a total of 20 units, 
with more expected to be put in use 
within the next few months. 

Vanguard Films also has asked 
the FCC for further information oi 
the subject. H 

Motion picture radio stations arlf 
used for communication with parties 
on location in isolated areas where 
no other communication facilities 
are available and "for communica- 
tions pertaining to the co-ordina- 
tion and direction of activities of 
various units in the filming of moj 
tion pictures." | 

Motion picture radio services 
share a total of 14 frequencies with 
other services under the revised 
I'ules listed by the Commission. 

together with extensive dealer aids 
and point-of-sale material. A na- 
tional magazine color campaign will 
run in 1947. 


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l/E Always Loved Yol 

A Republic Picture 


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IvE Always Loved YoD 

A Distinguished Motion Picture in Romantic TECHNICOLOR 




Felix Bressart • Fritz Feld • Elizabeth Patterson 
Vanessa Brown • Lewis Howard 

Directed by FRANK BORZAGE 

Screen Play by Bordon Chase 
Adapted from his American Magazine Story "Concerto" 

Piano Recordings by Artur Rubinstein 
World's Greatest Pianist 




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to tl^nation by an extensive advertisinj 
and promotion campaign utilizing ^v^§0^^ 
imaginable type of media! 


to 36,857,044 people through full page ads in 
46 national publications including LIFE, 

to 20,000,000 people through extensive radio 
advertising in every key city! 

to MILLIONS MORE through billboards and 
other types of outdoor advertising! 



to 75,000,000 people through a tremendous list 
of tie-ups headed by RCA-Victor and including 
scores of others . . . featuring nation-wide adver- 
tising in newspapers and magazines, plus store 
windows and displays! 


lursday, October 3, 1946 



udio strike Defers 
ohnston Trip Abroad 

I (Cantinued from Page 1 ) 

iptpone indefinitely his trip to 
l|.rope. He does not wish to be out 
l^'^ (;ountry while there is a juris- 
|; ^-yl strike in Hollywood." 
ft "was expected that Johnston 
[o has kept in constant touch with 
e situation by telephone, will fly 
! Hollywood to be on the scene until 
s tension eases in the jurisdictional 

Johnston has discussed the sit- 
uation on an informal basis with 
Government officials and is ex- 
bected to call on AFL President 
^Villiam Green to assist in settle- 
Iment of the strike. Last week 
Johnsion conferred briefly with 
pichard F. Walsh, lATSE pres- 
ident, now on the Coast, although 
JVIPAA spokesmen denied any 
concrete conclusions had been 

JDespite the brief announcement of 
jhnston's deciiion to remain in this 
Untry, it was obvious that the 
jiPAA chief was gravely concerned 
!;th the present Hollywood difficul- 

I Europe Trip Long Prepared 
Johnston had long prepared his 
iropean trip and expected to visit 
ip foreign officials as well as mo- 
tn picture representatives and 
iropean labor leaders. 
The visit and its cancellation 
iought into sharp focus what the 
'X mduscry considers its two top 
'oblems: foreign business and stu- 
(} labor troubles. 

APL Prexy Green was in Wash- 
igton yesterday but up to a late 
l;ur had not met or communicated 
th Johnston. 

Johnston was scheduled to leave 
turday on his trip lor Europe. He 
ts to be accompanied by Joyce 
Hara, Gerald Mayer and Gerald 

Strike Getting Out of Hand 
!Up lo yescerdray, when it appeared 
"vious that the strike may be 
;ting out of hand, Johnston had left 
atters in the hands of MPAA's 
3or committee and Byron Price. 
Johnston took an active part in 
5t year's strike settlement. 
I MPAA would not say when John- 
j )n would leave for the Coast, but 
j I less there is a sudden change in 
ijosrress of the strike, he is expected 
-' leave within the next few days. 


inagers for the Clifford Porter circuit at 
t Worth, Tex., are recovering from in- 
ies suffered when run over by a truck 
front of the Ideal Theater there. 
3ENE BAILEY, manager of the Lo-Net 
leater, Wellington O., and father of 
orge Bailey, M-G-M booker, was oper- 
•d on at St. Vincent Hospital in Cleve- 

Little Headlines: 

PITTSBURGH THEATERS, which have continued to operate during the nine-day power 
strike, were dealt a new blow yesterday when a steam heatmg company shut off service 
to downtown houses, along with hotels, etc. 


CHICAGO CENSOR BOARD September report shows 19 cuts made in the 112 films 
examined, with s.x pictures "pinked" for adults only and cne French film, "Amok," re- 


IN A COMPLAINT FILED with the Minneapolis arbitration board by Lyie Carisch, 
indie exhibitor of Watertown, Minn. Metro is charged with giving "unfair clearance" to 
Clem Jaunich, Delano, Minn., who has a house eight miles away. This is the first case 
filed with the Minneapolis board in two years. 


ZACK SCHWARTZ AND DAVID HILBERMAN, formerly president and vice-president, 
respectively, of United Productions of America, have organized Tempo Films. Aside from 
me proauction ot animated cartoons and slide films tor theatrical and non-theatrical 
fields, Tempo Films will establish a film consulting service for sponsor, advertising 
agencies, and other producers of animated cartoons. 


VANGUARD FILMS has cpened a new Boston office in the Metropolitan BIdg. with 
Tom Duane, formerly Republic branch manager, in charge. Duane will be division man- 
ager covering New England and Canada. Herbert Schafer, brother of Gus Schafer, RKO 
district manager, will fill Duane's vacant post at Republic. Schafer was recently a sales- 
man at the UA branch there. 

KMTA's ATA Affiliation 
Awaits Finalized Decree 

(Continued from Page 1) 
sas City area WAC to turn over 
<i)l,500 remaining in its treasury to 
aTA to be used in its activities. 

2. Giving KMTA directors the 
authority to accept or reject mem- 
oership in ATA after the final Gov- 
drnment decree in the anti-trust case 
has been decided on and the court's 
action has been taken. 

Homer Strowig, Abilene, Kan., 
was elected president succeeding 
Tom Edwards of Eldon, Mo.; Elmer 
Bills of iSalisbury, Mo., was elected 
/ice-president, and C. D. "Doc" Cook, 
Maryville, Mo., secretary, succeed- 
ing George Baker of Kansas City, 
Kan. Fred Meyn of Kansas City, 
Aan., was re-elected treasurer. 

The following were elected direc- 
tors: E. C. Rhie, C. Rhoden, Clarence 
Schultz, Frank Plumlee, and Herman 
illmer, all of Kansas City; Dale Dan- 
lelson, Russell, Kan.; Dick Biechele, 
George Baker, Kansas City, Kan.; 
Ralph Larned, Lacrosse, Kan.; J. 
Pennington, Topeka; J. A. Becker, 
independence. Mo.; Earl Jameson, 
ueei Summit, Mo.; Frank Weary, 
Richmond, Mo.; Mrs. Fred Sqoth- 
jwer, Wichita. 

Closing speakers included Robert 
W. Coyne, ATA; 0. F. Sullivan, 
\Vichita; Larned, Finton Jones, the- 
ater insurance expert, and W. Hardy 
deiidren, president of United Film 
Corp. of Kansas City. 


In yesterday's Hummel interview, 
it was noted that under the Blum- 
Byrnes pact American films exhib- 
ited in France were guaranteed a 
four-week minimum out of every 13. 
The guarantee is just the other way 
around: The French producers are 
guaranteed a showing of four weeks 
out of every 13. This is one of the 
measures devised by the French gov- 
ernment to bolster the growth of the 
French film industry. 

Deuth Acquires Jasper 

Jasper, Minn. — Fred Deuth has 
purchased the Jasper Theater here. 

13 20th-Fox Trainees 
Assigned to Overseas 

(Continued from Page 1) 
day announced foreign appointments 
for 13 student veterans who will 
leave for their territories within 
two weeks. 

Soon to leave are Thomas Sibert, 
Mexico; Richard Fleming, Italy; 
John Finder, Switzerland; Oscar 
Lax, Belgium; Bertrand Obrentz, 
South Africa; William Lampros, In- 
dia; Donald McAfee, France; Her- 
bert Lightfoot, Argentina; Seymour 
Brown, Peru; Vincent Milligan, 
Brazil; Joel Hart, Chile; John Tas- 
sos, Colombia; Andrew Jaeger, 
Puerto Rico. 

Previously three other men were 
trained and upon completion were 
assigned to posts in Panama and 
the Dominican Republic. Alan Sil- 
verbach was assigned to assist the 
supervisors of foreign sales at the 
home office. The others are Jerome 
Weisfeldt and Howard DeTamble, 

The project, enthusiastically spon- 
sored by Spyros P. Skouras, was 
initiated by Silverstone last Janu- 
ary. Leslie Whelan, International 
director of advertising and public- 
ity, was co-ordinating director of the 

The men spent four months in the 
company's exchanges, Skouras The- 
aters, Movietone News, Terrytoons, 
the March of Time and in the foreign 
versions department. Students lack- 
ing specific language requirements 
were enrolled in special courses. 

In appraising results, Silverstone 
yesterday said the school far ex- 
ceeded the most optimistic expecta- 

Alabama Exhibs. To Fight 
Theater Tax of 1 Cent on 12 

Bay Minette, Ala. — Theater op- 
erators here propose to fight the new 
theater tax imposed by the Town 
Council. Local lawmakers have im- 
posed an amusement tax of one cent 
for every 12 cents admission price 
on all movie and amusement spots. 
Tax went into effect Oct. 1. 

Ail-Electronic Color 
Tele System Ready 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ing System's method involved rotat- 
ing filters. Patents were issued a 
year ago. 

Sleeper said that his company 
would make its patents available for 
licensing, although it was not push- 
ing deals. He pointed out that its 
color process offered a much simpler 
technique. Sleeper said he was in 
New York principally to purchase 
black-and-white television equipment. 

Stone Picks Buchanan 

The Buchanan agency has been ap- 
pointed to handle the advertising f or 
Andrew Stone Enterprises. John 
Hertz, Jr., has appointed William 
ijasheff as account execucive. 

GUST 24, 1912, and MARCH 3, 1933. 
OF THE FILM DAILY, published daily 
except Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays at 
New York, N. Y., for October 1, 1946- 
State of New York ) „ . 
County of New York. J 

Before me, a notary public, in pnd for the 
State and County aforesaid, personally ap- 
peared John W. Alicoate, who, having 
been duly sworn according to law, deposes 
and says that he is the publisher of 
THE FILM DAILY, and that the follow- 
ing is, to the best of his knowledge and belief 
a true statement of the ownership, manage- 
ment (and if a daily paper, the circulation), 
etc., of the aforesaid publication for the date 
shown in the above caption, required by the 
Act of August 24, 1912, as amended by the 
Act of March 3, 1933 embodied in Section 
537, Postal Laws and Regulations, printed on 
the reverse of this form to wit : 

1. That the names and addresses of the 
publisher, editor, managing editor, and busi- 
ness manager are : 

Publisher, John W. Alicoate, 1501 Broad- 
way, New York, N. Y. ; Editor, Chester B. 
Bahn, 1501 Broadway, New York, N. Y. ; 
Managing Editor, None ; Business Manager, 
Donald M. Mersereau, 1501 Broadway, New 
York, N. Y. 

2. That the owners are: Wid's Films 
& Film Folk, Inc., 1501 Broadway, New 
York, N. Y. ; John W. Alicoate, 1501 Broad- 
way, New York, N. Y. ; Edna Sussman, 1501 
Broadway, New York, N. Y. 

3. That the known bondholders, mortgagees 
and other security holders owning or holding 
1 per cent or more of total amount of bonds, 
mortgages, or other securities are: None. 

4. That the two paragraphs next above, 
giving the names of the owners, stockholders, 
security holders, if any, contain not only the 
list of stockholders and security holders as 
they appear upon the books of the company, 
but also in cases where the stockholder or 
security holder appears upon the books of the 
company as trustee or in any other fiduciary 
relation, the name of the person or corporation 
for whom such trustee is acting, is given, also 
that the said two paragraphs contain state- 
ments embracing affiant's full knowledge and 
belief as to the circumstances and conditions 
under which stockholders and security holders 
who do not appear upon the books of the 
company as trustees, hold stock and securities 
in a capacity other than that of a bona fide 
owner and this affiant has no reason to believe 
that any other person, association or corpora- 
tion has any interest direct or indirect in the 
said stock, bonds or other securities than as 
so stated by him. 

5. That the average number of copies of 
each issue of this publication sold or dis- 
tributed, through the mails or otherwise, to 
paid subscribers during the 12 months' preced- 
ing the date shown above is 5,127. 


S\yorn to and subscribed before me this 
30th day of September, 1946. 

My commission expires March 30, 1948. 



Thursday, October 3, 194f 

House Asks Data on 
Pix AnIi-TrusI Suits 

(Continued from Page I) 
sion, including records of all motion 
picture suics and patent investiga- 

Kefauver said the data would be 
used as part of the Committee's 
over-all investigation of the "effec- 
tiveness" of the Government's pro- 
gram in combating the growth of 
economic concentration in American 

Committee members have 
made it plain that the extensive 
probe will include close scrutiny 
of the motion picture industry 
and whether the Department of 
Justice has effectively combated 
growth of monopoly in various 
branches of the industry. 
Daca sought by the monopoly sub- 
committee will include records, and 
"results achieved" on the New York 
equity case, the Scophony case, the 
Government's probe into Technicol- 
or, the patent holdings of General 
Aniline and Film Corp., formation 
of cartels before the war and a com- 
plete report of the Department of 
Justice's activities over the past 
eight years in "carrying out its anti- 
trust responsibilities." 

Public nearings on the committee's 
monopoly investigation are sched- 
uled to start on Oct. 15. 

There was some indications 
the Committee will make an in- 
vestigation of the operation of 
labor unions and their effect on 
mononoply or concentration of 
power. Committee spokesmen 
declined to state that this phase 
of the probe would include the 
current Hollywood labor tension, 
but from other statements it was 
indicated that the Committee 
may well take this under con- 

Although the Committee is anx- 
ious to get all pertinent records of 
the anti-trust decision, members 
made it clear that the hearing itself 
will not concern itself with cases 
still before the courts. 

"There will be no attempt to 
try present cases before this 
Committee," one member said. 
The Committee will, however, look 
into block-booking and other phases 
of the motion picture industry. No 
industry members will be "asked" 
to testify before the Committee, al- 
though such witnesses may present 
themselves if they desire. For the 
most part, the Committee will call 
Government witnesses. 


ICHN MOORE, JR., house staff, Burns, Newport, 

). R. KELVIE, booker at Warner Bros.' exchange, 

DALE C. COHN, manager, Superior Theater, 
Superior, Wis. 

ROBERT MANS, manager. Harbor, Two Har- 
bors Minn. 

PERRY SMOOT, salesman. Monogram exchange, 


Production — Distribution — Equipment 

A 16 mm. projector made by the Northern Tool and Gauge Co. Ltd., Ottawa, Ont. is 
finding a ready market not only in Canada but in many countries of South America, 

according to David S. Rubin, sales manager for Audio Visual Educator, Ltd More than 

500 have been sold since February. ... •To inform foreign audiences of American 
political, social and economic thcught, the State Dept. has contracted with United Pro- 
ductions of America for two animated films. First will show how public opinion polls 
exert influence on national and international issues, and the second will depict the posi- 
tion of labcr unions in American life Same company has been making a series of 

pix for the Flight Safety Section of the U. S. Navy, which are shown chiefly to Navy 

aviators The three latest are "After the Cut," "Landing Accidents" and Emergency 

Landings.". . . • Three new 16 mm. releases in their Cultural Series have been an- 
nounced by Simmel-Meservey. Titles are: "Let's Give A Tea," "Arranging the Tea Table" 
and " the Buftet iupper.". . . • Knowledge Builders Classroom Films has 
just developed a new series under the general heading, "Plane Geometry," which deal 
^ith ail angles (no pun iniendea) ot thar mathematical phase. ... • I ne Co-operative 
Film Library of Central Missouri State C:llege provided modern audio-visual education 
for 20 Missouri schools during 1945-46 and will extend its services even further during 
the new school year. ... • Academy Award winner Paul Smith has been assigned to 
do the original score for "Expanding World Relationships," a UPA release for the govern- 
ment. ... • Under expansion plans calculated to make the studio one of the largest 
in the 16 mm. field, directors of Telefilm, Inc. of Hollywood have approved a $1,500,000 

stock issue Telefilm studios now occupy two buildings in Hollywood and gr-ss 

ousiness this year is double that of 1945 On schedule for Telefilm's 1946-47 ex- 
pansion is a new recording stage, shooting stage, cutting rooms, additional laboratory 
space and equipment and an enlarged animation department. 

• • 

CHANCELLOR ROBERT HUTCHINS of Chicago University is on leave until next 
^^June to work with Encyclopedia Brittanica Films. ... • Margaret Macsay, Re- 
public head booker in Cleveland, has resigned to become office manager and booker 

for Visual Communications, Inc., there Company deals in 16 mm. films and 

equipment. ... • Chicago public sch:ols film library has added 60 new films. . . . 

• Wayne L. Pratt, manager of the J. G. Kretschmer & Co., has been appointed visual 
education consultant in Iowa for the Encyclopedia Bri'annica Films. . . . 

• McGraw-Hill Book Co. is now including lists of correlated visual materials in a 

number of its new textbooks and revised editions Twenty-three already have been 

published, 18 more are now in the hands of the printer. ... • Norman L. Gill has 
been appointed director of the newly-established audio-visual dept. of the Mississippi 
School Supply Co., Jackson, Miss. ... • Warren F. Redden heads the industrial 
motion picture department of Physioc & Merckle, new N. Y. C. public relations firm. 
Redden was technical consultant for the FSA under direction of Pare Lorenz, producer 
of "The River." He has been associated with Al Christie, Keller-Dorian Corp., Ben 
Hecht and Charles McArthur, and Audio Productions, Inc. New firm is headed by 
Joseph A. Physioc and Harold Merckle. 

Columbia 1946 Net 
Hits $3,450,489 

(Continued from Page 1) 

310,349 shares of outstanding com- 

For the prior fiscal year which 
ended June 30, 1945, the gross earn- 
ings were $3,648,855.07. After de- 
ducting Federal income, excess 
profits and capital stock taxes 
amounting to $1,703,687.50, the net 
earnings were $1,945,167.57, equal 
after deducting preferred dividends 
10 $4.43 per share on 393,902 shares 
of common outstanding at that time, 
or $2.85 per share if computed on the 
increased number of common shares 
presently outstanding. 

Columbia's balance sheet shows 
current assets of $32,776,000 and 
current liabilities of $7,231,000, re- 
sulting in working capital of approx- 
imately $25,545,000. 

Figures are submitted subject to 
completion of the audit of the ac- 
counts of the English subsidiary. 

CIEA Witliliolds 
Decision on Decree 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Robert Wright, special assistant to 
the Attorney General. 

Abram F. Myers, Allied States 
general counsel and spokesman for 
the conference, said the group's 
"specific recommendations" to make 
the court's opinion 'workable" will 
be sent to the Department of Justice 

Pointing out that the tiieater-own- 
ing defendants have not yet pre- 
sented their decree proposals, Myers 
said CIEA must be ready "at any 
time" to change its strategy. Wright 
and Myers both declined to comment 
on details of the lengthy pow-wow. 

Following CIEA's tv/c-day meet- 
ing here, attended by 13 delegates 
representing 30 states and one terri- 
tory, Myers said the group had 
agreed on specific proposals which 
would be presented to the court 
through the Department of Justice. 
May Follow Allied's Lead 

It was believed that the group 


[ton. Ctiairmen for 
"Niglit of Stars" 


The annual "Night of Stars" bene- . 
fit show for the United Jewish Ap-'^ 
peal, which will be held at Madison | 
Sq. Garden, Nov. 12, will have Bar- 'l 
ney Balaban, Nate J. Blumberr^ , ok 
Cohn, N. Peter Rathvon and '. /ert 
Warner as honorary chairmen on the 
producing committee, it was an- 
nounced by Marvin H. Schenck 

In addition to the honorary chair 
men, other prominent members o 
.he motion picture industry and alliei,.^ 
entertainment fields, who will also ■ 
serve on the producing committee in- 

Co-chairmen, Louis K. Sidney, Ed 
Sullivan, Robert M. Weitman; vice- 
chairmen, Ai-thur Knorr, Lester B. 
Isaac, Jesse Kaye, Max Wolff, Mil- 
ton Berger, F. William Boettcher, 
i^en Boyar, Leo Cohen, Alan Corelli 
John Dugan, Ernest Emerling, Gus 
^yssell, rienry Frankel, Moe Gale. 
John Goodson, Abel Green, Harry 
Kalcheim, Nat Kalcheim, Ben Ku- 
chuk, Abe Lastfogel, Leon Leonidolf, 
Harry Levine, Harry Mayer, Cliarles 
^vtiiler, Solly PernicK., Sianey H. Pier- 
mont, Larry Puck, Sam Rauch, Frank 
Roehrenbeck, Leonard Romm, Herb- 
ert I. Rosenttial, Hari-y Ruom, Mannj 
Sacks, James E. Sauter, Robert K 
onapiro, John Shubert, Michael Todd 
James J. Walker, Fred Waring, Ar- - 
ctiur Weill and David A. Werblin. 

"Goodbye" For Release Nov. 9 

"Never Say Goodbye" has bee* 
set by Warners for national release' 
on Nov. 9. 

would follow many of the recom- 
mendations previously proposed bj 
Allied States in general ana Myer; 
in particular. 

Cnairman of the corference here 
was Jesse Stern. Myers said ih( 
group had decided against having s* 
permanent ctiairman in lavor oi- 
rotatmg the chairmanship. 

The group elected Nathan Yamins 
of yUlied as the conierence's nexlr, 
ciiauman. Next meetmg will be ali 
the call of Yamins. ^ 

Alunough oppo.:ing direct interven-, 
tion in tne equity case, Myers 
stressed that CIEA mignt cnange its 
s.,rai,egy at any time. 

The court will hear oral argument 
on tile case beginning Oct. 2ii. 


MARY LOU SCHOCK, switchboard operator al 

M-C-M exchange, Minneapolis. 
CORRINE BUTtNHOrF, bookkeeper at Nationa 

Screen bervice, Minneapolis. 
CEORC.A ALLEN, clerk at Universal exchange. 


MARGIE ERICKSON, switchboard operator al 
Haramount excnange, Miniieapolis. 

SHIRLEY NIEMl, cashier, PRC. Detroit. 

JOAN HENRY, cashier. Treat Theater, Newark 
N. J. 

EVA UPTON, cashier, the Treat Theater, New' 
ark, N. J. 


M. F. Production Dist. 
28 W. 44th St. 21st floor 
Nev York N. Y. 

ftimate in Character 
Hernational in Scope 
iidependent in Thought 

The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Twenty-Eight Years Old 


^uTQO. NO. 68 




o Propose French Gov't Body to Handle Films 

Reeling 'Round 


I you are inclined to regard tne impend- 
ng inquiry or tne monopoly suo-c.m- 
tee or tne Hjuse ^moii ouSiness Com- 
■ ee as just one ot tnuse rmn^s, it 
,iic be a good luea to tamiiiarize your- 
wirn tne material tne suo-comm.iree 
requesred rrom Artorney oenerai I om 

f siiould be borne in mind, cf course, 

t mqiiiry coming up is nor specifically 

eu ac tne motiun p.cture inuusiry, bnu 

t it is aesignea to tit into tne com- 

[ tee s over-aii investiganon ot tne "et- 

Hiveness ot tne (3.<ve(nmeni s program 

gcomuarting the growth ot economic c.n- 

rratiun in American inousrry — a fact 

! en was pointed out in yesteroay s FiLM 

''ii.Y oispatcnes. 

BSu, — ana this is important — past ex- 
i: .ence nas taught that wnen a monopoly 
:esrigation (or any Feoerai investigat.on, 
tnar matter) is undenaken, the probers 
I actually aware ot tne Page One vaiue 
;i tne moti.n picture. There already is 
pie reason to be!. eve tnat Chairman 
jcs Kefauver and h.s fellow committee- 
'pn propose to follow that line. 

i! • • 

O read over the material sought of the 
■ Attorney General by the HoUse sub- 

rmtttee. then fiie it away f.r possible 

ure reference: 
-'I. A lisi of all investigations made in the 
'+ eignt years covering the following 

DJects: Cartels, price-fixing, patents, 

ae association devices, mergers, distribu- 

r cases, Miller-Tydings law abuses, ex- 
.rf cases. Please include the following for 
'^:h investigation: 

'la) Daie of filing. 

ih) Date of final court decision. 
^c) Results, including brief statement 
|»w!ng manner in which investigation re- 
ited in retarding m.nopoly or concentra- 


2. Information concerning each of the 

lowing special subjects: 
,a) Copy of the special report prepared 

your claims division on war-time Govern- 

!nt research. 

lb) Your experience with the misuse of 

tents as a means of promoting mon poly. 
-'c) Recent dissolutions; How many? 

ngth of time involved. Results in terms 
- increased competition in the industries 


'd) Record of the formal requests filed by 

lustries wishing to be exempted from the 

erman Act. 
e) To what extent have your investi- 
(Coivtinued on Page 3) 

Constituent Assembly to 
Pass on Measure; Consider 
Naming Director-General 

Paris (By Air Maill — ^A Govern- 
ment body for the control and ad- 
ministration of all matters concern- 
ing the film trade will he proposed 
during the meeting here of the Con- 
stituent Assembly. It will be a semi- 
state setup with two sections. One 
part will generally supervise trade, 
production, financial matters and sta- 
tistics while the more official sec- 
tion will deal with censorship, propa- 
ganda, administration and the 
(Continued on Page 12) 

Dennis F. O'Brien 
Rites Tomorrow 

Funeral rites for Dennis F. O'Brien, 
70, a partner in the law firm of 
O'Brien, Driscoll & Raftery, widely 
known in theat- 
rical and motion 
picture circles, 
will be held at 11 
j'clock tomorrow 
morning at St. 
Dennis' Church in 
Yonkers. Burial 
will follow a re- 
quiem mass. 
O'Brien died Wed- 
nesday after a 
long illness. 

Closely associ- 
ated with the film 
industry, O'Brien 
at one time was 
vice-president and general counsel of 
(Continued on Page 12) 


To Suggest Methods If Told 
Bidding to be Enforced 

If convinced that the competitive 
bidding recommendations of the 
Statutory Court in the New York 
equity case will "stick," MPTOA 
leaders next week will seek to pro- 
pose a system that will be workable. 
The MPTOA officers and heads of the 
state and regional units will meet 
in Washington next week and will 
confer with Robert L. Wright, special 
assistant to the Attorney General, 
who tried the anti-trust case for the 

Morris Loewenstein, MPTOA trea- 
surer and an Oklahoma City exhib- 
itor, said here yesterday that the 
organization leaders would submit 
(Continued on Page 3) 

Cunning Says Teie 
In Need of Mediator 



FILM DAILY Staff Writer 
Television's crying need is a dip- 
lomat and mediator, a man of vision 
and understanding who can end the 
bickering, jealousy and suspicion to 
be found in the industry, according 
to Patrick Michael Cunning, partner 
of the Bergen-Cunning Television 
Studios, who is in New York from the 
Coast to attend the TBA tele confer- 
( Continued on Page 9) 

D oil Appeal ^All Inclusive^ 

To Single Out No One Decree Obiective 

Eastern Pa. Allied Will 
Hold Five State Parleys 

A series of five state meetings 
has been scheduled by Allied Inde- 
pendent Theater Owners of Eastern 
Pennsylvania at which only mem- 
bers and their managers will be ad- 
mitted. Film and how it is to be 
(Continued on Page 9) 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Department of Jus- 
tice appeal in the New York equity 
case will be "all inclusive" rather 
than singling out divorcement or any 
other major section of the court's 
decree, a Government spokesman in- 
dicated yesterday. 

While terming any plans at this 
time "obviously tentative," since the 
(Continued on Page 8) 

Independent Members 
Hit Auction Selling 
In Letter to Wright 

In a preliminary statement to the 
Department of Justice, the MPTOA, 
through its counsel, Herman M. 
Levy, urges the Government to take 
an "all-embracing" appeal from the 
court's opinion in the New York 
equity case so that the Supreme 
Court "may have an opportunity to 
review all aspects of the decision and 
of the final decree." It is pointed out 
that "this is not to be considered 
directly or indirectly an endorsement 
of the principle of divorcement." 

The statement, made in the form 
(Continued on Page 8) 

CSU Appeais to U. S. 
Conciiiaiion Director 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Conference of Studio 

Unions has wired the U. S. Director 

of Conciliation, Edgar L. Warren, 

urging him to "use the maximum 

governmencal powers to prevent fur- 

Aer unprovoked attacks upon locked- 

out studio workers, including many 

war veterans and to achieve the 

equitable settlement outlined above." 

The proposed settlement was em- 

( Continued on Page 8) 

Para, to Concentrate Pix 
Exploitation in 114 Cities 

Paramount has prepared a list of 
114 cities in which its pictures will 
receive concentrated exploitation ef- 
forts, Sid Mesibov, assistant exploi- 
(Continued on Page 8) 

Files Injunction on 
Race Trach Lights 

Portland, 0;e. — Phil L. Polsky, 
operator, Portland's Amphitheater 
near Meadows Race Track, featuring 
night horse racing, filed an injunc- 
tion against Portland Meadows Track 
to force installation of hoods en 
floodlights. Glare from the lights 
made satisfactory projection of mo- 
tion pictures impossible. 


Friday, October 4, 19^ 

Vol. 90. No. 68 Fri., Oct. 4, 1946 10 Cents 


: Publisher 

DONALD M. MERSEREAU : Associate Publisher 
and General Manager 



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and Holidays at 1501 Broadway, i\ew York 18, 

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Address aU communications to TUt, ili^xU 

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Phone BRyant 9-7117, y-7118, 9-711^, y-71iu, 

9-7121. Cable address tilrauay, A'evv York. 

Representatives: HOJ-LYWOOD, 28, Calif. 
— Kaiph Wuk, 6425 Hollywood Blvd., Phone 
Granite 6607. WASHIaGTUX — Andrew H. 
O.der, 6417 Dahlonega Road, Wash. 16, D. C. 
Phone Wisconsin 3271. Manning Clageti, 
2i2J Decatur St. XW. Phone, Hooart 7627. 
CHlCALrO, 45, 111.— Joseph Ksler, 6241 X. 
Odkley Ave., Phone Briarga^e 7441. l-OXDO-^ 
— lirnest W . Ireaman, liie Film Renter, 127- 
133 Wardour St.. W. 1. MAXILA— Homer 
Stuart, Hotel Manila. HAVAXA — Mary 
i^oaise Bianco, N'lrtudes 214. BOMBAi — 
Ram L. Gogtay, Sandhurst Bldg. AXijiJ^RS — 
Paul Saiiar, Pilmafric, 8 Rue Charras. 
.•5i'UCKH01..M — Gunnar Ruud, Jaktvarv- 
spian 30.g. HOXOLGUIJ — Eileen O'Brien. 
MEXICO CITY— Airi Andrade, Mexico Cit\ 
11. rail. Colon 14, U. f. MOXTREAL — Ray 
i armichael. Room 9, 464 Francis Xavier 
St. VAXCOUVER — Jack Drov, 411 Lyric 
Theater Bidg. ; SYDXEY — Bowdin Fletcher, 
19 Moxon Ave., Punchbowl, X. S. W. Phone, 
UL ^510. BRUSSELS — Jean Pierre Meys, 
110 Rue des Paquerettes: MOSCOW — Ray- 
mond A. Davies, Hotel Metropole. COPEX'- 
HAGEN — John Lindberg, Jernbanealle Xo. 3, 
Copenhagen-\'an Loese. AMSTERDAM — Dr. 
J. F. Van Oss, Rubensstraat 80. 


{Thnrs., Oct. 3) iiii; 


High Low Ciose Cng. 

Am. Seat 20 20 20 — 'n 

Bell & Howeil 19/2 1«% 1844 — ly4 

Cciumjia Picts 2/-;8 26^/4 2b'/8 + Vs 

Cciumoia Hicts. ptd.. 87 87 87 +2 

tast. KodaK 210% 2,0% 2i0% 

Gen. r-rec. Eq 26 24-'/4 26 -j- \',2 

Loe-v's, Inc 2/3/4 27/4 271/2 

Paramount H^A 31% ii'/s — V4 

RKO 17/2 17'/4 MVs — '/8 

Republic Picts 8^-4 8/2 8^4 -f V4 

Republic Picts. pfd. 15 14% 15 

20th Century-hox . . . 43% 42y8 42% 

Univeisal Pict 32/2 32 32'/4 + 1/4 

Universal Picts. pfd.. 86/2 86'/2 86/2 

Warner Bros 19% 19 '9 — 'A 

Monogram Picts. . . . 6% 6 6 — '% 

Radio-Keith cvs. ... 6 1/4 5% 5% — Vs 

Sonotone Corp 3% 3'% 3% — Vs 

Technicolor 16% IS'A 161/2 -f- 'A 

Trans-Lux 5 5 5 


Bid Asked 

Patha Industries 6% 7 % 

Cinecolor 6% 6% 

Perretz in Filmack Post 

Chicago — Irving Mack, president 
of Filmack Corp., has just announced 
the appointment of Al Perretz as 
sales manager of the newly-organ- 
ized prevue service. Perretz has 
been in the trailer field for 20 years, 
and was until recently with the 
Alexander Film Co. In his new post, 
he will alternate his time between 
the Chicago and New York offices. 

FWC Attorneys Claim 
Managers Are Executives 

^Vest Coast Bureau of I HE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — At a hearing on the 
Associated Theater Operating Man- 
agers union, Fox West Coast at- 
torneys contended that the managers 
and managers' assistants should not 
De regarded as employes but as ex- 
ecutives and as such are not eligible 
for organization privileges. They 
also insisted that the area consid- 
ered as a bargaining unit for man- 
agers and their assistants included 
ail of Southern California instead of 
just Los Angeles County, the dis- 
trict specified by ATOM in its peti- 
tion to be named bargaining agent. 

in answering this claim, Henry 
Pines, president, claimed that a pre- 
cedent had already been set in as 
much as contractual agreements 
were already in effect with Local 105, 
projectionists, and the building serv- 
ice employes of Los Angeles County. 

Quincon Ogren represented the 
NLKB at the hearing. 

Dominion-Wide Expansion 
For Sourkes Checking 

Toronto — A plan to extend the 
Irving Sourkes Audit Checking 
Agency service to other parts of the 
jJominion was discussed with dis- 
crioutor representatives during Sour- 
ces' recent visit here. Agency, the 
mitial theater checKing company in 
CaL>-da, has been operating in the 
jr'rovince of Quebec for several 
months. Firm used the name Confi- 
dential Reports earlier in its career, 
out it has no connection with the U. 
S. company. 

RKO Theaters Fete 
Cassidy on Anniversary 

Members of the RKO Theatres 
publicity department tendered a 
luncheon yesterday, at the Russian 
Tea Room, to John A. Cassidy, on 
the occasion of his twenty-fifth an- 
niversary with the company. 

Cassidy joined RKO in October, 
'21, to work with Mark A. Luescher 
on the "Third of Century" publicity 

Harry Mandel, national director of 
advertising, publicity, and exploita- 
tion, presented Cassidy wdth an in- 
scribed silver gift, and congratulated 
tiim on his 25 years of service. 

Attending the luncheon were: Her- 
man Barnett, Elinor Cohen, Peggy 
Foldes, Pat Grosso, Fred Hersko- 
witz, William KasKoun, George Kess- 
ier, nldward Kescenbaum, Vincent Li- 
guori, Blanche Livingston, Ray Ma- 
lone, Ira Morals, Kuth Newman, 
•James Procaccini, Edward O'Brien 
and Alvin Sussman. 

Toll Leaves Editorship 
Of the Independent Dec. 1 

Lionel J. Toll, vice-president and 
editor of the Independent Film Jour- 
-lal since its inception, has relin- 
..^uished his interest in the publication 
and has resigned etiecave Dec. i. 

Toll, who rejoined the paper fol- 
lowing a tour of Army service, said 
yesterday that he expected to sec 
nis future activities within a week 
or two, with a project in the negoti- 
ating stage. 

Walt Disney Execs. Here 

Eric Lifner of the Walt Disney 
studios has arrived here for a series 
of advertising and publicity confer- 
ences with RKO Radio and New York 
representatives for Disney on the 
forthcoming world premiere of the 
Technicolor live-action musical dra- 
ma, "Song of The South." Also par- 
ticipating will be Vern Caldwell 
and William Walsh, Disney Public 
Relations head and studio publicity 
representative, respectively, who ar- 
rived here several days ago. . 



1335 S.WABASH 



Zoellner Off for Tour 

Of Seven Metro Branches 

William B. Zoellner, head of 
Zvl-G-M's reprints and importations, 
has completed his itinerary on his 
third and final tour of exchanges. 
He left last night for Seattle, first 
leg on the seven-exchange tour, by 
plane and will remain there three 
days and then proceed to Portland, 
where he will spend two days. 

From Portland he will head for 
San Francisco where he will remain 
Oct. 9-10; then to Los Angeles for 
four days; then to Salt Lake City 
for two days; Denver for two days, 
and Omaha for two days. He is 
due back in New York on Oct. 22. 

Emanuel Morici, Veteran 
Exhibitor, Dead at 75 

Emmanuel Morici, 75, an exhibitor 
for 25 years and who operated the- 
aters in Manhattan, Bronx and New 
Jersey, died yesterday in French 
Hospital. Since his retirement a few 
years ago, he was a checker for 

Services will be held Monday at 
Piro's funeral parlor, 153 Park Ave., 
Brooklyn, and requiem mass at St. 
Regis Church, 259 Essex St., Brook- 

A son-in-law is his sole sui-vivor. 


ji-iR.L/i P. SKOURAS, 20th-Fox piexy, i 
companied by LtM juNcS, nis assistant, piar. 
to tne Coast from New York yesterday. bKoji 
leturns next week. 

ALFRED CROWN, foreign sales director I 
Samuel Golowyn froductions, will leave he 
Monaay via "I WA for fans on a two-men 
tour or the Continent and Cireat Britai( ,t 

TCM CONNORS, vice-president ipn t|,3, 
of distribution tor 20rh-rox, lett New tc 
yesterday tor the Coast. 

REX HARRISON arrived in New York vf 
(^rday witn MkS. HAKKbuN from the Coast, I 
a 10-day visit. 

LOUIS CALHERN is due in New York fn 
riie Loast over the week-end. 

CAROL REED, British director, will leave t 
nignt via c.ipper tor London. He win reft 
.lext month to direct "r-ortrait in Black" I 
jKirbaii-Manning Productions. 

jACK CAnD.PF, ace British cameraman, i 
.ived in N=w York yesterday, accompanied 
riis wife and child, tor a 10-day stay. 

JOHN J. JONES, Screen Guild Prods., pre) 
Jwives in Chicago today to arrange for t 
Jet. 11 board meeting and the stockholdi 
...eeting wnich will follow on the 12th. 

SUSANNA FOSrtR leaves Hollywood Nov. 
]0r New York from where she win sail I 
curope to study voice tor at least a year, t 
J-1 studio making this possible 

LEON J. BAMBERGER, RKO Radio sales pi 
notion manager, has returned from Kans 

PAUL MUNI will leave New York for Ht 
lywood today. 

GEORGE ROUVIER, UA managing director 
France, is scheduled to arrive toaay by pl3 
tiom Paris for home office conferences. 

A. R. TAYLOR, Paramount's Los Angel 
branch manager, is in town conierring wi 
George A. Smith, Western division sales man 
ger of the company. 

H. NEAL EAST, Paramount's San Francis 
branch manager, has returned home after ho: 
o.fice conferences. 

HARRY HOPKINS, M-G-M St. Louis salesmj , 
and his wife are in town for a vacation. 

H. E. STUCKEY, branch manager for Pal. 
mount in Detroit, arrived in New York yesterij _ 
for three days of home office conferences. 

RKO 4th H. O. Confab Call 
Central, Prairie Execs. 

RKO Radio's East Centi-al ai 
Prairie districts will be represent! i: 
at the fourth of a series of home o 
fice discussions called by Robe . 
Mochrie, vice-president in charge t 
domestic distribution. 

Arriving Monday for the two-dt 
conclave will be Ray V. Nola 
Prairie district manager; .Jami 
Lewis, Kansas City; M. M. Rose; 
blatt, Des Moines; T. B. WilliamsQ 
St. Louis; A. A. Renfro, Omah; 
Milton Cohen, Eastern Central di" 
trict manager; Hatton Taylor, D 
troit; Al Kolitz, Cleveland; S. " 
Jacques, Cincinnati; Russ L. Bren«, 
linger, Indianapolis. 


66 East Veen Buren Street, Chicago 5 

Presenting the best pictures 
from all over the World 

Extends congratulations 

to America's Talkie Pioneers 

liay, October 4, 1946 



ffee/ingr 'Round' - 

(Continued from Page D 
^ns cf monopolies disclosed conlroj of 
j monopolies by large financial groups? 
^ur investigations have shown this prob- 
ata be important, please furnish informa- 
on the most significant cases. 

hich of the cases handled by you 

st eight years are considered to 

een most significantly successful 

the standpoint of actually breaking 

opolies and retarding concentration? 

se explain the significance in terms of 

effect on the practices of particular 


)PEG Contract is Signed; 

change Meeting Today 


^lontract between film company 
le office employes affiliated with 
Screen Office and Professional 
ployes Guild, Local 109, CIO, and 
managements of the various com- 
'[ies was signed yesterday in the 
re of Major Leslie E. Thompson, 

Signatories for the companies were 

!k Lang, 2 t h - F o x ; Charles 

rien, Loew's; John Kane, Colum- 

; George Barry, Paramount; Rob- 

: Goldfarb, UA; Joseph McMann, 

iiublic and Garrett Van Waggoner, 

■0. The union was represented by 

'^ employes from each company. 

"he terms of the contract call for 

ary increases, a shorter work 

Jek, preferential shop and sever- 

e pay. It will run for two years 

ijh a re-opening on wages after one 


V meeting between company rep- 
'entatives and a union committee 
i resenting exchange personnel who 
L'e rejected the terms of the con- 
"pt will be held today. The ex- 
nges involved are 20th-Fox, UA, 
-M and Columbia. 

nni "Magic Town" Oct. 21 

;,-jf Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

llollywood — Despite rumors to the 
Itrary, Robert Riskin will start 
i initial production, "Magic Town," 
Oct. 21. The strike has curtailed 
i work, but Director William A. 
^ llman says he will be ready to 
1.ot by that date. RKO will release 
11 pic. 


i Oct. 

j Sam D. Palmer 
C3orge A. Hickey 
;Wm. H. Workman 
Gig Young 
David A. Levy 
llcseph S. Hummel 


Jcel MeCrea 

Helen E. Hughes 

Eddie Edelson 

Dona Drake 

June Marlowe 
Ruth Selwyn 

David L 

Don Alvarado 

Dixie Lee 

William Hedwig 

John Kane 

Saul Shernow 

Arnold Stoltz 


Will H. Hays 

Roy Rogers 

George J. Schaefer 

Theodore V:n Eitz 


H. M. Wilcox 
Paul Ellis 

▼ ▼ T 
Box Office Red Meat 

© « • SAILING ON A WAVE: The cnnazing account that "Two 
Years Bsiore the Mast," Paramount's film version of the Richard Henry 
Dana sea classic, is giving of itself in its first American engagement 
at the Rivoli here is the subject oi considerable eye-brow lifting in film 

circles The record-smashing attributed to the production at that 

New York theater has given rise to lively speculcrtion Many reasons 

are being advanced and examined for an explcmation In some 

quarters it is wondered whether the vivid realism of the Dana saga as 
placed on film by Paramount undsr the direction of John Farrow fits in 
with a ne'w trend in public taste, so far as screen entertainment is con- 
cerned In these days of shortages, it may well be the fact that 

it's red meat Other speculative minds credit the film's surprising 

showing at the Rivoli to the strong and heads-up exploitation campaign 

put on by the company in advance of the opening The hold that 

the Dana tale of the high seas has on the imagination of the American 
people, the story's appeal to the new spirit of adventure born of the war 
and the popularity of Alan Ladd with the femmes are among other pos- 
sibilities suggested to explain the fact that the picture has kicked in with 
the biggest opening week's gross in the history of the Rivoli, the figure 
topping the former record holder, Hal Wallis' "Love Letters," by some 
$12,000, or 15 per cent 

▼ TV 

© • • CUFF NOTES: Personal memo to Ben (Columbia) Ssrkowich: 
That's a mighty fine "Jolson Story" teaser campaign that's been run- 
ning in the N. Y. met. dailies It's attracted attention in other 

home offices. ... • Aldo M. Ermini has joined Harold Young Prods, 
as vice-president and associate producer. ... © Didja knovr that 90 
per cent of the pix shown in South African theaters are made in Holly- 
wood? ... • Current issue of Technicolor News & Views reprints 
that excellent article wrhich Dr. Herbert T. Kalmus wrote expressly for 
THE FILM DAILY'S recent "Pictures of Tomorrow" edition. ... • When 
Russian p'x were shovm at the Cannes Film Festival, riots broke out, 
■with police and military called out to restore order That's some- 
thing French censorship killed out of dispcrtches filed by foreign cor- 
respondents. ... • Radio was represented on the speakers' program 
at the American Lsgion Frisco convention by Prexy Justin Miller of the 

NAB Hov7 come, no one was invited to speak for the film industry? 

Respectlully referred to the MP A A. ... • "Something new has 

been added to" — exhibitor association programs The AIJO of 

Iowa-Nebraska has scheduled a fcishion parade for its Oct. 28-29 Des 

Moines conclave It's to catch the eye of exhibs.' wives Want 

to bet that the boys won't outnumber the ladies at the show. . . . 
9 Milton Sperling, president of United States Pictures, has opened 
negotiations with F. Rupert Crew, a leading British literary agent, for 

several important properties .Sperling also is concluding arrcmge- 

ments for a London office for USP. ... • Charles Lam Markmann is 
now covering the New York film front for Scmedi-Soir, Parisian weekly. 

V ▼ ▼ 

• • • IF IT'S SPECIAL EFFECTS you want, better get in touch 
■with Ray L. Daniels, manager, E, M. Loew's Drive-In on the Pawtucket- 

Providerce (R. I.) city line Just as the big outdoor screen flashsd 

the title of the feature "Fog Island" recently an Autumn fog rolled in 

and blotted out the big sheet Performcmce had to be called off on 

account of visibility — or rather invisibility — alter the second reel 

Not too long ago patrons of the open-air theater watching news shots of 
the bombing o' Bikini A'.oH saw an abandoned house burst into flcnnes 
just behind the screen at the moment the film bomb struck 

MPTOA to Suggest 
Bidding Proposals 

(Continued from Page 1) 

their ideas as to how auction selling 
should function. There appeared to be 
some apprehension over the possi- 
bility that the distributor defendants 
would try to dominate the proposed 
methods for competitive bidding. The 
independent exhibitor members of 
the MPTOA will endeavor to get 
over their recommendations for a 
simplified system to Wright, who, in 
turn, will pass the su7f?estions on to 
the court, if the ideas meet with his 

It is alio expected that some action 
will be taken on President Fred 
Wehrenberg's proposal for an indus- 
try forum on industr" problems, 
with Eric A. Johnston as moderator. 

Between 15 and 20 representatives 
are expected at next week's sessions. 

Foreign Screen Corp. to 
Handle 15 for Latin- Am. 

Foreign Screen Corp. will distrib- 
ute 15 features throughout Latin- 
America during 1947, it was an- 
nounced by H. Alban-n'Mestanza, pres- 
ident. Included in the line-up are 
six Pathe of London features, "Afri- 
can Vengeance," F'SC's own produc- 
tion; "Arenes Joyeuses," one of four 
Andre Algazy P'rench productions; 
"The Crimson Deity," "I'll Give You 
The Moon" and two yet to be named 
Hollywood films. 

George Fleischman, Sr. Dead 

Toledo, O. — George Fleischman, 
Sr., 84, retired theater operator, 
died here. He was vice-president of 
the Fleischman Kroetz theater enter- 
prises, and was instrumental in 
building the Atlas Theater 38 years 
ago, and held interests in the State 
and World Theaters until he retired. 



Marriage of Jeffrey Lynn and 
Robin Chandler, fashion editor of 
The New York Journal-American, 
takes place at 4 p.m. tomorrow in 
St. Bartholomew's Church on Park 
Avenue. Ceremony will be followed 
by a reception in the Perroquet Suite 
of the Waldorf-Astoria. 


Omaha — D. V. McLucas, United 
Artists branch manager, here, and 
Eleanor Stewart will be married 
Oct. 11 at St. Paul's Methodist 

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Hollywood — Virginia Jones, War- 
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Jackson, film technician, were mar- 
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Friday, October 4, li 

MPTOA Asks Appeal 
Of Equity Opinion 

(Continued from Page 1) 
of a letter to Robert L. Wright, 
special assistant to the U. S. Attor- 
ney General, was requested by the 
unaffiliated members of the MPTOA. 
"Unequivocal" Opposition 

Opposition to the auction selling 
plan is "unequivocal," Levy told 
Wright, asserting that the inde- 
pendent exhibitor members believe 
it to be economically unsound and 
that "it does not have to be tried 
to be found wanting." Levy said 
under such a system, film rentals 
would increase and that higher ad- 
mission prices would result, causing 
an additional burden to fall on the 
"consumer," the very person whom 
the Sherman Act was intended to 

Contending that auction selling 
means greater profits for producers 
and distributors. Levy said the "inde- 
pendent exhibitor, the forgotten mid- 
dle-man, will have to spend his time 
and energy trying to keep his profits 
at its former level without increas- 
ing admission prices to a point where 
his patronage will start a downward 

Referring to the fact that com- 
petitive bidding was an alternative to 
divorcement. Levy asked: "Why may 
it not be the alternative of enjoin- 
ing the defendants from indulging in 
any of the practices complained 
against by the Government (and 
found by the court to be unlawiul) 
and permitting negotiation for film 
to go on in a free and open market 
wicnout compulsory competitive bid- 
ding? It was not so much that the 
defendants in this suit operated 
theaters that prompted the litigation 
by the Government. It was rather 
the indulgence by the defendants in 
the unlawful practices referred to. 
"Once these will have been 
eliminated by injunction," he 
continued, "why may not the in- 
dustry then go on as any other, 
wherein the keener, better, more 
resourceful (whether they be ex- 
hibitors, producers or distrib- 

I/. S, Coin Reappears 
In Maritimes' Tills 

St. John, N. B. — After seeing 
very little or no U. S. currency bills 
or silver, since 1939, there has been 
a deluge of both at theater box of- 
fices through the maritime provinces 
since the Canadian government lifted 
Canadian money up to the level of 
U. S. cash. With the 10 per cent 
premium no longer availabi?, vaca- 
tionists from the U. S., chiefly New 
England, New York, New Jersey, are 
putting hundreds of thousands of 
dollars in bills and silver in circula- 
tion in the provinces. During the 
war years, a theater wouldn't get a 
dollar in U. S. money in a week with- 
out paying the 10 per cent and very 
little even at that. 

Para, to Concentrate Pix 
Exploitation in 114 Cities 

(Continued from Page 1) 
tation manager, said yesterday at 
the final session of the conferences 
of field representatives, home office 
and studio department heads. 

Mesibov said the plan was intend- 
ed as a test of the company's new 
exploitation procedure. Forty-one 
of the cities are in the Eastern and 
Southern division, 20 in the Central, 
28 in the Mideastern and 25 in the 

Mesibov said that the streamlining 
of Paramount's promotional ma- 
chinery to meet the requirements of 
the new method of merchandising 
screen product would entail a heavy 
increase in the exploitation budget, 
with a better break expected for the 

The field men left for their re- 
spective homes last night. 

Sackett to Manage Defender 

Wilmington — Frederick B. Sackett 
of Parlin, N. J., was appointed man- 
ager of the Defender plant of the 
Du Pont Photo Products Depart- 
ment in Rochester, N. Y., it was an- 
nounced yesterday by James S. Den- 
ham, general manager of the depart- 
ment. Sackett succeeds L. Dudley 
Field, who takes over as the depart- 
ment's adviser on paper products. 


CHARIES BAKER, house staff. Treat Theater, 

Newark, N. J. 
ED. KENNELY, assistant manager. Oriental 

Theater, Chicago. 
RALPH KETTERING, manager, Civic Theater, 

SAM CASCIO, personnel director, Halllcrafters 

Co., Chicago. 
ROBERT SIDENSTECKER, shipper, PRC, Detroit. 
ROBERT BRAM, booker. Universal, Salt Lake 

)AY FRANK, film talent agent. McConkey 

Agency, Hollywood. 
RICHARD JUNK, manager, Emboyd, Fort Wayne, 


utors) prosper, others just sur- 
vive and the remainder unfor- 
tunately perish? The survival of 
the fittest is as sound a business 
law as it is biological." 
Levy insisted that the independent 
exhibitor could not survive and pros- 
per "even with these unlawful prac- 
tices removed, if he has to buy his 
merchandise item by item in a hotly 
contested auction mart." That sys- 
tem, he said, was a "potential breeder 
of bankruptcy, ill will and bitter- 

Levy further said that a proAasion 
against over-buying should be in- 
cluded as part of the final decree, as 
well as a guaranty of some run. He 
said that arbitrators, in the event of 
arbitration, should be men with 
active industry background and ex- 
perience and that cancellation privi- 
leges should be 20 per cent, to be 
exercised in a 10-day period from 
the time the picture has been made 
available for booking and not from 
the time of the tradeshowing. 
Asks Bid Inspection 
Finally, Levy proposed for the 
MPTOA members that the highest 
bid, if auction selling becomes effec- 
tive, be made available for inspection 
to every exhibitor in the same com- 
petitive area who entered a bid on 
the particular picture in question. 
Levy, said the highest price bid 
should not be the only deciding fac- 
tor in determining the successful 
licensee; there should also be the 
exhibitor's reputation for fair deal- 
ing, the theater's service to the com- 
munity and its value in the industry. 
The rights of an old customer also 
should be recognized, he said. 

A final statement will be made by 
the MPTOA general counsel after 
next week's meeting in Washington 
and after "final proposals have been 
filed by the distributor-defendants. 

(SU Appeals to U.S. 
Conciliation Director 

(Continued from Page 1) 

bodied in a telegram to the producers 
and asked the return to work, the 
acceptance by all parties of the AFL 
directive and the immediate comple- 
tion of contracts. 

Pickets Switched to Republic 
Pickets were switched from other 
studios to Republic early yesterday 
morning with several hundred pickets 
massed at the plant. However, by 11 
o'clock production had been resumed 
on two pictures, "Hit Parade of 
1947" and "Outlaws of Sioux City." 
A producer representative said that 
after lunch the pickets began dwind- 
ling and by mid-afternoon only 20 to 
25 pickets were left at Republic. 

"Vote by actors on whether observ- 
ance of picket lines should not be 
continued will be counted today or 
tomorrow, but a heavy majority of 
"show of hands" at a SAG meeting 
Wednesday night, which defeated a 
motion of Karen Morley that mem- 
oers remain away from the studios 
till the AFL convention, indicatea 
the actors will vote to cross picket 
lines. Frank Sinatra, Ronald Reagan 
and Lloyd Nolan voted in favor of 
crossing picket lines. Recommenda- 
tion of the SAG executive committee 
chat actors go through the lines was 
read at the meeting, and the mem- 
oers informed that the Guild would 
protect any actor staying away from 
work through physical fear. The 
'Guild counsel, Larry Beilenson, said 
that the fear had to ibe real and not 

Protection from Police 

Ward Bond submitted a resolution 
demanding protection from city, 
county and state police, but the mea- 
sure was lost wnen it was pointed 
out that officers could not he called 
upon against fellow unionists. 

Report of the executive board said 
William Hutcheson, international 
president of the Carpenters Brother- 
hood, had used power politics to 
force the AFL arbitration committee 
to change the award made last De- 

Byron Price, MPAA's Hollywood 
representative, said: 'It is a great 
pity that the faction which is strik- 
ing against its sister AFL union has 
seen fit to involve some war veterans 

Decree Appeal of 
D of J 'inclusive' 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

theater-owning defendants have 
submitted their decree proposals 
full, spokesmen said such an -^l-i 
bracing appeal probably ' -^J 
made. ''^-^ 

Department sources also indica 
that the near-industry-wide sto 
over the auction-selling provisi( 
of the court's opinion will wind 
as a first-class example of a temp 
in a teapot, since the court 
doubtedly will grant a stay on t 
and other major sections in disp 
pending appeals to the U. S. 
preme Court. 

Competitive Bidding 

Recalling that the court stated 
its June opinion that such stays \ 
be granted, spokesmen said that 
"chances are excellent that no ct 
petitive bidding will be done on 
court order." 

"Whatever auction selling 
done," one Department official st 
"will be by the defendants on th 
own — not by order of the court." 

The Department of Justice, h( 
ever, probably will not include a 
tion selling in its final decree p 
posals, on the theory that since t 
feature was the court's "own bab 
any final decree issued will incl; 
this form of selling. 

Department spokesmen insist 
though, that the Government ; 
the defendants were in substam 
agreement on many "major" ; 
tions of the decree proposals. Spok ^ 
men, however, would not detail th 
"agreements." . 

Majors' Proposals Incomplete 

From industry sources, it \ 
learned that the "Big Five's" ten, 
tive and incomplete proposals 
a final decree have thus far left 
several major portions, includ 
mention of auction selling. 
Department is now preparing 
final decree proposals, which sho- 
be ready within about two weeks.., 

Except for top-level consultatl 
which must be held on import 
cases. Attorney General Tom 
Clark has placed direction of 
equity cases completely in the ha;' 
of Robert L. Wright. 

Clark previously had told 1 
Film Daily that "whatever 1 
Wright does is all right with n! 

While opposed to direct interv 
tion by exhibitors, Wright has c 
sistently fought to assure that 
court will be informed of views ; 
objections of all exhibitor groups 

in its savage use of physical fo 
against brother unionists and offic 
of the law. 

"In justice to veterans in gen( 
the public should know that veter. 
who still are working in the stuc 
in defiance of physical threats c 
number many times over the c( 
parative few who have refused, 
work. A survey of 10 major stuc 
today showed that 4,031 veterans 
World War II are going throi 
picket lines and working at tl 
jobs to help keep the studios o; 
and protect their jobs." 

ay, October 4, 1946 




nning Says Tele 
Need of Mediator 


(Continued from Page 1 1 
at the Waldorf-Astoria next 

^e should be an interchange of 
ichnics, information," Cun- 

d The Film Daily yesterday, 
brtant thing is, we must get 
ited. There must be unity. Once 
i/ision gets into stride, then we 
iget as competitive as hell." 
Sees Tele Threat to Pix 
aleviiion is a threat to the mo- 
picture industry, he admitted. 
Revision will nibble away at the 
lies and radio," Cunning pre- 
^d. When people can see and 
" a good show at home, why 
;ald they go to the movies? he 

ijut teleyision is also a threat to 
>(.f, he emphasized. He pointed 
lithe various pitfalls, among them 
perfectionist zeal of television 
larchers. "That's wrong. Tele- 
■■^n is sufficiently developed to gc 
'ad. We shouldn't wait for color. 
j' movie industry didn't wait for 
[r in order to produce and dis- 
ute pictures," he commented, 
limning differentiated between the 
i for perfection in studio produc- 

• and in studio transmitters. 'It 
■iiore important that we develop 
s'ision stock companies, and good 
='a'tainment. Technical improve- 
;ts will grow with the industry." 
jlits Haphazard Programming 

• e warned against haphazard pro- 
^"nming. Just because a station 
; a franchise to telecast four or 

hours daily is no reason for it 
3o so. It's much better, he as- 
;»ed, that a station transmit 30 
utes of good entertainment than 

• hours of mediocre stuff. "Poor 

^tvs will sour the public, and set 

K television another five years." 

alf hour of successive entertain- 

■; t from NBC, CBS, and DuMont 
sounder television policy than 

• hours of competitive entertain- 
d from these same stations, he 

There isn't enough talent to pro- 
e a daily four-hour show," Cun- 
r said. There is a terrific need 
an overall training program. He 
gested the possibility of some 
■on toward this end between Gov- 
nent and the industry, 
iinning termed Edgar Bergen, his 
;ner, "a bug on experiment," and 
..ained that each works independ- 
„|y of the other. Cunning's spec- 
y is the programming of live 
ijvs; Bergen's telescreening. Ber- 
believes there never can be 
!jgh first-rate talent to provide 
telecasting of 100 per cent live 


'. New York City, operate concessions in 

iers, capital $20,000 in $100 shares, three 
]5 subscribed. Incorporated in Albany by 

.' A. Landow, Alexander E. Lewis, Samuel 


Hollywood- Vine Yard 


IVtit Ctart Bur—H •/ THB Ft Lit DAILY 


CTUDIO news roundup: M-G-M has bought the screen rights to 

Stone's biography cf Van Gogh, "Lust For Life," and will make it next 

year with Spencer Tracy starred and Sam Zimbalist producing. Richard 

Llewellyn is in Amsterdam writing the treatment .There seems to be 

a dispute between Para, and Monogram brewing since both have an- 
nounced plans to film the life of Tchaikovsky and both have started prepara- 
tions Benjamin Glazer, Monogram scenarist has completed a script 

and Nat W. F.nston, of the same studio has prepared musical score f.r the 
film, titled, "The Tragic Symphony," which goes before the cameras in 
Nov. On the other hand, Hal Wallis, Para, producer, announced pians for 
such a pix in 1945 and scheduled it for '47 shooting, Walter Abbott 

and Ayn Rand doing the screenplay Onio State beauty contest winner, 

Jane Peters, will debut in Twentieth-Fox's, "The H.llywood Story," which 

wi.l star V.ctor Mature and Cathy Downs Same studio has added 

Margot Grahame to "Forever Amber" That lot has also bought the 

rights to the life of Gus Kahn, song writer, which will revolve around 

Chicago's tin pan alley and will be titled, "Wabash Avenue" Argosy 

Pictures, the John Ford-Merion C-oper producing company, has signed a 
four-picture deal with RKO for distribution. First is "The Fugitive," taken 
from Graham Greene's novel, "The Labyrinthe Way," and Delores 

Del Rio RKO has finally decided to make use of the Zane Grey 

novels, which they own. Tim Holt has been signed, by them, to a new 
contract, under which he will make a series cf these westerns 

Swiss Would Reduce 
Foreign Pix imports 

Berne, Switzerland (By Air Mail) 
— Gradual restraint in the admis- 
sion of foreign films into Switzer- 
land due to the low number of 
houses and seating capacity in rela- 
tion to the amount of product enter- 
ing the country is seen by the trade 

Distributors have been cenferring 
with Government agencies to take 
appropriate measures to decrease the 
number of imports. This country has 
350 theaters with a seating capacity 
of 128,000. Prior to 1945 600 feature 
films were imported. 

The matter was brought up before 
the Chambre du Cinema Suisse dur- 
ing a recent annual general meeting. 

Eastern Pa. Allied Will 
Hold Five State Parleys 

(Continued from Page 1) 

sold will be the principal subject. 

Meetings will be held Oct. 8, 
Broadwood Hotel, Philadelphia; Oct. 
9, Americus Hotel, Allentown; Oct. 
14, Wyalusing Hotel, Wyalusing; 
^cc. lo, tokening notel, Wiikes- 
Barre, and Oct. 16, Hershey Hotel, 

In an organization bulletin, Sid- 
ney Samuelson, general manager, 
said the subjects would cover what 
independent exhibitors can do under 
the new system of selling and what 
the distributors cannot do. 

Take Schoenstadt Depositions 

Chicag'O — Aaron Stein, attorney in 
the Schoenstadt Piccadilly Theater 
case, will take depositions today 
from Sam Shirley, M-G-M district 
manager, and Doc Bamford. The 
case is now before Federal Judge 
Phillip iSullivan. It is scheduled for 
a November hearing. 

Metro's Bess Seeing Mich.; 
Ohio Towns to Follow 

shows. And so he concentrates on 
developing telescreen technics, con- 
vinced that regular 35 mm. film does 
not give satisfactory results via tele. 
Cunning, former actor, entered the 
video field seven years ago, experi- 
menting and working alone until his 
recent partnership with Bergen. 

Lansing, Mich. — M-G-M's horse 
star, Bess of the Cinecolor attrac- 
tion "Gallant Bess," is due here to- 
day from Battle Creek and Grand 
Rapids, the two stops in the De- 
troit area tour. From here the geld- 
ing Will head for Saginaw and then 
to Detroit, which will wind up tht 
appearance tour for this territory. 

From Detroit the horse will visic 
Toledo, Oct. 9; Cleveland, Oct. 10; 
Akron, Oct. 11; Canton, Oct. 12; and 
Voungstown, Oct. 14, with the pic- 
ture opening in the first four towns 
jn Oct. 17 and in the last nam-jd 
Oct. 24. 

While touring in the Michigan ter- 
ritory, William Green of M-G-M's 
Cnicago exploitation staff is assist- 
ing. In the Cleveland area, Charles 
C. Deardourff will take over the pub- 
-icity reins. Howard Herty of the 
Los Angeles office is in advance by 
several weeks in all areas. 

After the Detroit visius, the horse 
will head for Pittsburgh and neigh- 
iDoring towns, with Charles Baron in 
charge of the publicity setup. 

Airplane Crash Victim 

Richmond, Va. — John Simmons, 
who was among the 39 who lost; 
their lives in the crash yesterday of 
the American Overseas Airliner 
DC-4 near Stephenville, Newfound- 
land, was an usher at the Byrd The- 
ater here, before enlisting in the 

Gov't Petrillo Brief 
Calls AFM "Monopoly' 

;, Chicago — In its brief in the James 
C. Petrillo suit under the Lea Act, 
the Government calls the American 
Federation of Musicians a monopoly, 
and goes on to say that no other 
union president has such unfettered 
powers to coerce employers. Gov- 
ernment attorneys filed the 63-page 
brief in Judge Walter Labury's 

Petrillo contends the 'Lea Act is 

New Jersey Allied Will 
Battle Censorship Move 

Allied Theater Owners of New 
Jersey will combat a proposal by a 
group of Methodist ministers for a 
state censorship board. The issue 
will be discussed Tuesday at a mem- 
bership meeting in Trenton. The 
proposal was made in the form of a 
resolution passed at a meeting of 
ministers in Ocean City. The reso- 
lution was sent to the Governor. 

Other subjects on the agenda in- 
clude taxation, product shortage, in- 
crease in percentage demands on re- 
issues and a report by Irving Dollin- 
ger on the latest developments in 
national Allied's plans to sponsor a 
series of pictures. 

AVC's M.P. Chapter 
To Nominate Oct. 16 

The Motion Picture Chapter of the 
American Veterans Committee will 
nominate officers at a meeting to be 
held Oct. 16. Election will be held 
Nov. 13 and the new officers will i 
serve for one year. 

A full report on the Al Jolson din- 
ner was given at a meeting held 
Wednesday, the day after the ban- 
quet. Monroe Goodman, vice-chair- 
man, presided in the absence of 
Walter T. Brown, president. 


JAMES S. BURKETT, Monogram producer 
of the Charlie Chan series, is in St. John's 
Hospital, Santa Monica for observation, 
uurkett has been suffering with a sacro- 
iliac condition. 

HARRY GOLSON, veteran Chicago the- 
ater owner, is ill at the Mount Sinai Hss- 
pita! in that city. 

VERA WILLIS cashier and former assist- 
ant manager of the Highland Park Theater, 
Highland Park, Mich., is recuperating at 
her home following a serious operation. 

LUTHER STONE, RCA service engineer, 
with headquarters in Carbondale, III., was 
critically injured when his auto sideswiped 
anrther car. 



Magnificent! Inspirit 

^nj? J 


|! Truly Memorable!'' 

says Rose Pels^ck/ N.Y. Jourri^i»i^merican 

^^ExceSlent! A motion picture of great emotional appeal! 
Both entertoining and significant!^' 

— Archer Winsten, N. Y. Post 

''Sheer entertoinment...well worth seeing. Excellent drama. 
By far Miss Russell's best screen portrayal!" 

— Eileen Creelman, N. Y. Sun 

"An enlightening and heart-warming experience! Miss 
Russell's performance astonishingly honest and genuine!" 

— Cecelia Ager, PM 

"An exciting event! Stupendous! One of the most import- 
ant films of our time!" ^lee Mortimer, N. Y. Mirror 

''Absorbing and moving! Superbly entertaining! Emerges 
with tremendous force and feeling!" 

— Howard Barnes, N. Y. Herald-Tribune 

"Rich and inspiring! Miss Russell plays with tremendous 
vitality and vs^armth! Inspirational entertainment in the 
high-powered class!" —Bosley Crowther, N. Y, Times 

"An important picture as well as touching drama! Miss 
Russell is tender, radiant!" 

— Wanda Hale, N. Y. Daily News 



Friday, October 4, 1946i 

Saga Films Building 
Studios in Iceland 

Reykjavik, Iceland (By Air Mail) 
— Saga Films is constructing modern 
film studios near this city and has 
scheduled production of a series of 
historical pictures based on subjects 
1 elating to the famous Icelandic 

At present while studios are under 
construction interiors are being shot 
on the stage of a local theater. 

This project marks the first at- 
tempt in Iceland of large-scale fea- 
ture production. Previously produc- 
tion was confined to shorts and films 
for the tourist trade. Icelanders are 
keenly film-consciouj. Theaters re- 
port capacity attendance and there 
are a number of new houses pro- 
jected. Audiences favor American 
films with Swedish and Danish offer- 
ings next in favor. 

Big Demand for Low-Price 
Tele Sets Shown by Survey 

Millions of dollars are dammed up 
waiting to be spent when and if 
manufacturers of television sets get 
their product on the market. The 
American Magazine revealed yester- 
day, as a result of market research 
conducted by the Crowell-Collier Pub- 
lishing Co., that 67 per cent of the 
families subscribing to the magazine 
expect to buy television sets if these 
are put on the market at a price they 
can afford. 

Eighty per cent of the 16-25 age 
group showed keen interest in_ the 
prospect of owning a tele set. Fifty- 
two per cent in the 46 plus age group 
showed that they also intended buy- 
ing sets. 

Of 1,921 families, four said they 
would buy sets if the price ranged 
from $50-99. At the other extreme 
were two families who would pay 
from $500 to $999 for a set. More 
than 800 families, in the sample sur- 
vey, did not state how much they ex- 
pected to spend. 

Form Minitoons to Handle 
Brief Color Cartoon Ads 

Minitoons, a new company to pro- 
duce and distribute advertising via 
the screen in brief color cartoons has 
been formed by Robert G. Leffing- 
well, Wilbur Streech and Joseph 
Magro, who were formerly in the 
Army attached to the Signal Corps. 

Distribution will be chiefly in 
England where screen advertising 
overcame newsprint shortage during 
the war and audiences were exposed 
to the medium to advantage. The 
Minitoons will be dubbed in five lan- 
guages. They will be aimed at audi- 
ences in Great Britain, France, Bel- 
gium, Holland and Italy. Leffingwell 
will leave for a survey tour of 
Europe next month. Eventually the 
firm plan.-; to expand in India and 
China. An experimental distribution 
plan will shortly be launched in 
Latin-American countries. 

FAiile Headlines: 

NORTH CENTRAL ALLIED'S BOARD at a meeting called for Minneapolis on Monday 
may vote on affiliation with national Allied. 

PARAMOUNT'S TELEVISION DEPT. held a luncheon at Monte Carlo yesterday in 
conjunction with Du Mont f.r film reviewers and critics of national magaz.nes, the 
metropolitan dailies and members of the trade press. The guests then viewed the 
Cardinal-Dodger game on a Du Mont machine set up in the restaurant. 

SPRINGFIELD, MASS. theater managers have resorted to increased radio advertising 
and are advertising in the fi.lyoke Transcript-Telegram, which is publish. ng a special 
Springfield page for the remainder of the time that the four daily Springfield papers are 
on strike. 

THE 20TH-FOX FAMILY CLUB will hold its final Gin Rummy Tournament of the 
year, on Tuesday night, Oct. 22, in the North African Room of the Henry Hudson Hotel. 
Leo Israel is in charge. Family Clubs in the trade are invited to register for a possible 
inter-industry tournament, to be held in the early Spring. Address inquiries to Israel at 
20th-Fox's advertising department. 

THE BRAZILIAN CENSOR BOARD, following a screening of "To Each His Own," 
set a precedent by extending its congratulations to Paramount, terming the picture the 
finest submitted to them this year. 

Dennis F. O'Brien 
Rites Tomorrow 

(Continued from Page 1) 

the Douglas Fairbanks Pictures 
Corp. and was active in the formation 
of United Artists Corp. Edward 
Raftery, a partner in the law firm, 
is president of UA. 

O'Brien's clients included many top 
naines in the amusement field, among 
them the late George M. Cohan, Mary 
Pickford, Irving Berlin, Sam HarHs, 
Arthur Hopkins, Channing Pollock 
and others. He was a former trus- 
tee of Brown University, of which 
he was an alumnus. 

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. 
Denise Shay; three sons, Paul D., 
Robert D. and Kenneth A. O'Brien. 

Set $250,000 Ad Budget 
For Mono.'s "5th Avenue' 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Largest advertising 
appropriation ever set for a single 
Monogram picture was voted at the 
Chicago meeting of the company's 
franchise holders, it was announced 
by President -Steve Broidy. A total 
ojf $250,000 will be spent on a nation- 
wide campaign for "It Happened on 
Fifth Avenue," being produced and 
directed by Roy Del Ruth. 

Newspaper advertising on a na- 
tional scale will be utilized by the 
company for the first time, and other 
media to 'be used are national, fan 
and trade magazines, and radio. 

French Gov't Body to 
Handle Film Trade! 

(Continued from Page 1) 

maintenance of a central film library. 
Currently a committee represent- 
ing all phases of the film industry is 
considering nominations for the post 
of director-general. The appointment 
will he confirmed in a decree to be 
issued by the Ministers' Council. 
The new toody has been tentatively 
named Administration Generale du 
Cinema Francais. 

Boteman Returns to Coast 

PVest Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Francis A. Bateman, 
general sales manager of Screen 
Guild Productions, has returned from 
a series of sales conferences in the 
Rocky Mountain, Midwest and East- 
ern territories. While in the East 
he opened New York offices which 
will be in charge of Nat Beier, East- 
ern district sales manager. 

Radar Pictures Will 
Build Cuban Studios 

Havana (By Gable) — Plans for the 
construction of new studios to be 
known as Estudios Cubano Radar, 
for the production of both Enr'"'--}! 
and Spanish language films, \n *'« 
been drawn and plant will be erected -I 
on recently acquired property here 
as soon as all the equipment pur- 
chased in the United States arrives,)' 
it was revealed to The Film Daily 
at a press dinner Iby Charles Ginart, 
ViCe-president of Radar Pictures 

Detroit Operators Offer 
Wage Hike Compromise 

Detroit — ^^The theater front is still ' 
calm here after the operators' union 
membership meeting yesterday 
morning, despite the strike scare 
previously roused by newspaper 

Projectionists have offered to set- 
tle for a 20 per cent increase in place 
of the 25 they originally demanded 
as compromise, and Roger M. Ken- 
nedy, business agent, indicated they 
would be willing to consider 15 per 

iMegotiators still far apart as the 
exhibitors in their second counter- 
offer suggest an increase of about 
three to four per cent only. 

Toronto Film Board 
Re-elects Cass Prexy 

Toronto — ^Abe Cass, of Columbia,: 
was re-elected president of the Tor- 
onto Film Board of Trade. Harry 1 
Bailey, 20th-Fox, succeeds Mark 
Plottell, Empire-Universal, as vice- 
president, while Ed Wells remains as 

Jerry Pickman to Join 
Selznick Publicity Staff 

Jerry Pickman, who has resigned 
as publicity manager for Hal Home's 
Story Prods., a post he took over 
last December, is vacationing for 
several weeks and then joins Sid 
Alexander's Eastern publicity setup 
for David 0. Selznick. Pickman': 
first Selznick chore will be general 
field and local work on "Duel in the 


.it still means a lot to him! 




• • * • 


i| . 

$0 TechnicaB Papers on SMPE Conclave Program 

! Hew Sound Recording and 
leproduction Development 
ilate Principal Attention 


y With more than 50 technical papers 
jlready scheduled and several more 
;;b come, the lineup of topics for dis- 
•usiion at the 60th semi-annual con- 
,; ention of the SMPE to be held Oct. 
•,1-25 at the Hollywood Roosevelt 
jj[otel, Hollyvi'ood, will be one of the 
njin-fyest and most varied in the his- 
bry of the organization, according 
[0 Charles R. Daily of the Paramount 
[ tudios who is chairman of the 
■'apers Committee. 
Principal attention will be focused 
(Continued on Page 15) 

At Peak— McMasler 

Rochester — The greatest demand 
sbr photographic goods in history ex- 
;ts today at Kodak, Ltd., British 
absidiary of Eastman Kodak at Har- 
ow, England, according to Donald 
IcMaster, deputy chairman of the 
(Continued on Page 16) 

Optical Society Hears 
i^ell-Howell Engineers 

Considerable interest surrounds 
he presentation of three scientific 
lapers by Bell & Howell engineers 
■ efore the 31st annual meeting of 
he Optical Society of America 
I (Continued on Page 15) 

iVeuj Speed Camera 
Developed in France 

Grenoble, France (By Air Mail) — 
The Merlin-Gerin Laboratories here 
have developed a motion picture 
camera capable of taking 100,000 ex- 
posures a second. The new camera, 
it was stated, surpasses speeds 
achieved by American and Russian 
apparatus. Equipped with what is 
called an "optical compensator disk," 
the instrument can take 750 photo- 
graphs with one revolution and with 
proper lighting can film a bullet leav- 
ing a gun and the breaking of a glass. 


A NSCO division of General Aniline and 
■'* Film has perfected a new color devel- 
oping agent for color films which is said to 
be no more toxic than developers used in 
ordinary black-and-white photography. . . . 
9 Ampro's new 8 mm. projector, Model 
A-8, features 500 watt illumination, still 
)icture and reverse operation, and flicker- 
iess pictures at slow speed. ... ©As an- 
other step in its industry-wide program of 
engineering and standardization, the SMPE 
will soon have ready the first comprehensive 
"Glossary of Terms Dealing With the Mo- 
tion Picture Art," it is announced by J. A. 

Maurer, engineering vice-president of the 
society. ... • Oliver Theater Supply Co. 
will distribute Viking Popcorn machines in 
the Cleveland film area. ... • In a man- 
ner especially appropriate to the subject, 
Bell & Howell Company's new booklet on 
the Filmosound projector employs pictures 
prominently in presenting 37 specific fea- 
tures which characterize the equipment. . . . 

I A' addition to the ever increasing sales 
of Altec Lansing "Voice of the The- 
ater" loudspeaker systems throughout 
(Continued on Page 14) 

Nine New Houses for 
Overseated Columbus 

Columbus, O. — This metropolitan 
community of 409,000 souls — accord- 
ing to a 1946 Chamber of Commerce 
esdmate — will increase its reputa- 
tion of being one of the most over- 
seated cities in the nation when con- 
struction is completed on six new the- 
aters and three new drive-ins. If 
(Continued on Page 14) 

Aimont, Mich., Will Get 
First Pix in 20 Years 

Detroit — Charles J. Tesluck, a 
newcomer to show business, will open 
the new Almont Theater, at Almont, 
Oct. 15. 

The new house, giving Almont its 
(Continued on Page 15) 

Show Tele Equipmenf 
At TBA's Conference 

The second television conference 
and exhibition of the TBA, which 
opens next Thursday at the Waldorf- 
Aitoria, will be marked by 14 ex- 
hibits of television equipment, in- 
cluding transmitters, receivers and 
other displays. Exhibits will be 
(Continued on Page 16) 

Medal of Merit Goes 
To StoU and Buckley 

Clarence G. Stoll, president of 
Western Electric and Oliver E. Buck- 
ley, president of Bell Telephone Lab- 
oratories, have received the na- 
tion's highest civilian award — the 
(Continued on Page 16) 

NewlGmm.KodachroMue Film 

Designed to Produce Low Contrast Original 

Hunt Heads 16mm. Sales 
For RCA in Chi. Territory 

Appointment of Eobert H. Hunt 
as regional sales manager for RCA 
16 mm. equipment in the Chicago 
area, and Elmer H. Beneke to a 
similar position in the Atlanta 
region, is announced by 0. V. 
(Continued on Page 15) 

Rochester — A professional 16 mm. 
Kodachrome film, designed to pro- 
duce a low contrast original from 
which release prints can be made, 
is announced by Eastman Kodak Co. 
Designated as Kodachrome Commer- 
cial, the new color stock is said to 
yield release prints of improved 
color quality, at the same time offer- 
ing greater exposure latitude than 
that of existing Kodachrome films. 

Prints made from the new original 
'' (Continued on Page 14) 

Old Theaters Reported to 
Be Making Replacements 
On a Piecemeal Basis 

Only 20 per cent of theater carpet 
demands are being satisfied at pres- 
ent, a survey indicates. A combina- 
tion of circumstances, including war- 
delayed replacement orders, and re- 
placements with inferior materials, 
caused the 80 per cent shortage, 
dealers say. 

Coupled with these a: 3 the de- 
mands of many new theaters started 
before building restrictions were put 
into effect. Dealei's are doing their 
best to meet orders placed toy both 
old and new theaters, many of them 
(Continued on Page 15) 

New Change Making 
quipment Due Soon 

Chicag.o — New change making 
equipment has been announced by 
ihree companies, two here and one 
in Watertown, Wise. Latter is a new 
change maker being manufactured by 
Brandt Automatic Cashier Co., which 
will be distributed through the com- 
pany's branch offices shortly. 

Other devices are change makers 
(Continued on Page 16) 

Ruby Co. Demonstrating 
Zoomar Varifocal Lens 

Ruby Co., Inc. is demonstrating 
the new Zoomar Varifocal lens for 
16 mm. photography. Lens can be 
mounted on any camera but Ruby has 
it on a Eastman Cine Special for 
demonstration purposes. New Zoo- 
(Continued on Page 14) 

Refreshment Supplies 
Delivered With Film 

Chicago — Popcorn and candy have 
joined film cans en film delivery 
trucks. Koerner Film Motor Service 
reports that many down state the- 
aters are utilizing the film delivery 
trucks in order to get quick service 
on poocorn and candy supplies. Sales 
are on the upgrade in many of the 
houses, Koerner notes. 




Friday, October 4, 19 

A Section of THE FILM DAILY compre- 
hensively covering the equipment industry, pub- 
lished every second week by Wid's Films and 
Film Folks, Inc., 1501 Broadway, New York 
City. John W. Alicoate, Publisher; Donald 
M. Mersereau, Associate Publisher and Gen- 
era! Manager; Chester B. Bahn, Editor; West 
Coast Bureau, 6425 Hollywood Boulevard, 
Holb-wood, Cal., Ralph Wilk, Bureau Chief. 

Nine New Houses for 
Overseated Columbus 

(Continued from Page 13) 

construction plans are not halted, 
these new theaters and drive-ins will 
add by this time next year 13,642 
seats to the present total of 36,243. 

Metropolitan Columbus now has 51 
theaters, including two open-air the- 
aters, There is now one seat for 
every 11 persons in the area. The 
new construction will reduce that 
figure to one seat for every eight 
persons. As a comparison, Toledo, 
Ohio, and Jersey City, N. J., with 
populations comparable to Columbus, 
have only 17 theaters each. That fig- 
ures out about one seat for every 23 

The new theaters, now in various 
stages of planning or construction, 
include: Esquire, 1,000 seats; Uni- 
versity, 1,200; Livingston, 1,042; 
Colonial, 2,000; two additional Neth 
theaters at about 1,700 seats each 
and three drive-ins each with a capa- 
city of 500-600 cars with 1,500 per- 
sons (figuring three persons to a 

In addition the present Olantangy 
Theater will be enlarged and vir- 
tually rebuilt, boosting its present 
capacity of 350 to 750. 

Ruby Co. Demonstrating 
Zoomar Varifocal Lens 

(Continued from Page 13) 
mar has an aperture range of F 2.9, 
with a focal distance of 17 mm. to 
106 mm. Zoom movement is con- 
trolled by finger pressure on a bar. 
A finder is coupled to the lens so that 
the photographer can see the image 
exactly as it is being photographed. 

Pop Com for Alexander 

Pittsburgh — James H. Alexander, 
veteran of the film distribution in- 
dustry in this territory and now 
"ambassador of good-will" for the 
AMPTO of Western Pennsylvania, 
has taken over distribution of the 
Viking Pop Corn machines in this 


IN REST ROOMS. Ask Your Jobber or 


(Continued from Page 13) 

the country which have now passed the 
2,000 mark, Altec Service reports recent 
installations of Altec Lansing Public Ad- 
dress Systems replacing exisiing equip- 
ment at the Hershey Auditorium, Her- 
shey. Pa., Atlantic City Auditorium, At- 
lantic City, and The Gardens at Pitts- 
burgh In all three places the im- 
provement in distribution and quality 
has been so marked as to elicit special 
jomments jrom the patrons as well as 
the owners. 

XCM FLANNERY, president of Chicago's 
' Whiteway Electric Co., returned recently 
from a visit to his Florida orange grove. . . . 
9 The Schines will erect a modern theater 
jn the site of the Milford, Del., Flaza, 
which was destroyed by fire. ... • Ray 
Jolvin, of the TEDPA, says that Sylvannia, 

0., is on his off the limits list .beems 

as he was driving through the sleepy Ohio 
fown with Roy Boomer and passed a school 

Dus The local cop stopped him and as 

a result it cost Ray $15.10 for Ohio school 
Dus law violation, or something like that. 
9 Sam Levinsohn of the Cnicago Used 
Chair Mart, has returned from an Atlantic 
City vacation and business conferences in 

New York City Plans for early open- 

mg of New York offices are being formu- 

TWO W'estrex Master Sound Systems 
' were chosen by the first post-ivar In- 
ternational Film Festival in Cannes, 
France, to equip tuo auditoriums of the 
Cannes Casino, where outstanding film 
productions of 20 participating countries 
are being shown before an international 
jury, according to J. L. Monnerot-Du- 
muine, W'estrex manager in Paris. . . . 
• Distribution of Germicidal Rad-i-Air 
L . R. C. conditioner in the Minneapolis 
film zone has been taken over by the 
E. G. Clinton Company here with J. E. 

Lovelett in charge of sales Loveleti 

recently resigned from the Minneapolis 
jjonogram exchange sales staff. . . . 
9 Ivan Genit, son of J. H. Genit, head 
of DeVry Perana, Ltd., Lima, Peru, dis- 
tributors of DeVry equipment for that 
country, has arrived to attend Iowa 
iVeslyan College at Mount Pleasant, la. 
9 Lavezzi \lachine Works has moved 
to its new factory at 4635 W. Lake St., 
Chicago, where it has 15,000 square feet 
oj Jloor space on one floor 

yOMMY BOSTELMANN, formerly asso- 
' ciated with his father, Mack Bostelmann, 
in film equipment repair work in St. Louis, 

Used Upholstered Opera Chairs 
Any Quantity 

We have the Cream of the Crop 
Write or wire for exact photo 


Sam Levinsohn, Owner 
829 So. State Street, Chicago 5 

has joined Cine Supply as a salesman and 
will make the Southern Illinois territory. His 
father will continue in the repair field. . . . 

• "Pict-0-Screen,'' a basically new idea in 
projection screens developed by Radiant 
Manufacturing Corp., Chicago, combines a 
lithographed painting and an invisible pro- 
jection screen. Concealed in the upper sec- 
tion of the frame is a specially designed 
projection screen incorporating the "Hy- 
Flect" glass beaded screen surface that 
reflects rather than absorbs light. This 
screen is instantly raised or lowered, easily 
and evenly, by a parachute-nylon cord. . . , 

• Celotex Corp. has purchased control of 
El Rey Products Co. of Los Angeles for an 
estimated $1,300,000, giving the company 
a Western factory and distributing plant. 

• More than 300 inventions and improve- 
ments in chemicals, dyestuffs, plastics and 
photographic fields have resulted from the 
work of the Central Research Laboratory of 
General Aniline & Film Corp. since it was 
established at Easton, Pa., in 1942, George 
W. Burpee, president, disclosed in announc- 
ing the appointment of Dr. Arthur L. Fox 
as director of the laboratory. 

ATTENDANCE of more than 400 is 
'* now anticipated for the equipment 
dealer - manufacturers' convention which 
opens at the Toledo Commodore Perry 
and Secor Hotels on Nov. 8. . . . • Aft^r 
33 years service with Eastman Kodak, 
Juan de Julian has resigned as manager 
of Eastman's Spanish subsidiary, and 
Angel Herranz takes over as Madrid 
chief. ... • Roy Shook has installed 
Magnarc lamps and a Hertner trans- 
verter in his Shores Theater at St. Clair 
Shores, Mich. Equipment ivas supplied 
by National Theatre Supply, Detroit. . . . 
9 John S. Boyer of Illinois Tech. Col- 
lege, will discuss use of the wire re- 
corder, before the mid-West chapter of 
SMPE at its meeting Oct. 10, at the Chi- 
cago Engineers Club. ... • Sam Levin- 
sohn of the Chicago L sed Chair Mart, 
reports shipments of 300 theater chairs 
to Newberry, Fla., for the new Capitol 
Theater, owned by W. Lee, and another 
shipment of 600 chairs to the new- 
Smyrna Theater, l\ew Smyrna. Fla.. 
ouned by Louis Muskoiilz 

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Principal Cifies 

Kodachrome Film 

'Continued from Page 13) 
provide color contrast equal to tr 
of good originals made on oti! 
types of Kodachrome. At the sai; 
time, the film's increased la:it 
sures proper gradation of hi£ 
and shadows. New film is &-?>() 
signed for projection as is the cfi 
with other Kodachrome stock, a; 
editorial work is to be done on 
print, with the original cut to mal 
when a picture is completed, 
facilitate this, Kodachrome Comm 
cial is edge-numbered at 40-fra: 

Xew film is supplied only w 
perforations on both sides, so 
cording must be done an a separ; 
film. Kodachrome Commercial 
color-balanced for use with lam 
has a color temperature of 3200' 
and has the same speed as Type 
Kodachrome. For meters using 1 
A.S.A. exposure indexes, the reco 
mended settings are 16 Tungs: 
and 10 Daylight. With older t\ 
Weston or GE meters the settir 
are 12 and 20 Tungsten and 8 and 
Daylight. The new Wratten Fil 
Xo. 83 is recommended for daj^lic 

Film is available only in 16 m: 
in rolls of 100 and 200 feet, fr< 
J. E. Bruatour, Inc. Cost of proce 
ing, to be done at the Kodak labs 
Rochester, Chicago, Los Angeles a 
Xew York, is included in the pi 
chase price. 

Rebuild Reynolds' Family 

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Fariiily Tl 
ater, nabe owned by Howard R< 
nolds, destroyed by fire about a ycj 
ago, has re-opened. 



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generally accepted comxnercial stand- 
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so litde when you buy DeVRY. . . . Write 
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Technical Papers 
II SMPE's Program 

(Continued from Page 13) 

new developments in sound re- 
ding and reproduction, with more 
y^ a dozen papers in this category 

' agenda. 

,_ <|(anding activities of the 16 mm. 
Jd are reflected in at least half a 
cen topics along this line slated 
presentation and discussion at 
if convention. 

' Tele to be Highlighted 
ifelevision and radar developments 
;'ithe past year or so will be high- 
hted in another half dozen papers, 
'lile lighting and projection, color, 
|i preservation, standards a.nd 
iker vital subjects are down for at- 

■in order that all the valuable infor- 
tion brought out in discussion may 
■ preserved for future reference by 
I entire SMPE membership, a 
'taotype operator will record all 
-se discussions for the Society's 

^Three of the evening sessions will 
;^held at studios, including the Re- 
"alic lot on Oct. 21, Paramount Stu- 
': on Oct. 22, and Walt Disney 
;iidio on Oct. 24. Wednesday eve- 
V, Oct. 23, is the occasion of the 
, iquet and ball, with Donald E. 
'ndman, president of the Society, 
J siding. Highlight of the banquet 
1.1 be the presentation of citations 
l scrolls to Bell Laboratories, Dr. 
s de Forest, General Electric, 
G-M, RCA, 20th Century-Fox, 
stern Electric and Westinghouse 

i — ' ■ — 

\mont, Mich. Will Get 
rst Pix in 20 Years 

(Continued from Page 13) 

t pix in 20 years, will be managed 
Harold Muir, who has worked out 
Imlay City for 16 years, handling 
'ertising and exploitation for the 
rry Hobolth Circuit. 
N^ational Theatre Supply Company 

furnishing practically all the 
ipment for the new $100,000 house 
ng erected by the Johnston Con- 
uction Co. of Birmingham, includ- 
Simplex DeLuxe projectors, Alex- 
ler Smith carpets, American seat- 

and a Wagner sign. 

irry Lahman Launches 
rvice Confections, Ltd. 

oronto — Service Confections, Ltd., 
V company believed to be an 
?nment of several formerly com- 
itive candy distributors, will be 
ded by Harry Lahman, who is 
3 head of Canadian Automatic 
ifections, Ltd. New company will 
'e branches in Vancouver, Winni- 
■ and Calgary. 

bufld Albany Colonial 
t-lbany — The Colonial Theater, 
ed by fire last February, will be 
*ned on Sept. 27-28 after extensive 
'airs and re-decorations. 

Process Widens Use 
Of Luminous Paint 

Toledo — A new process for night 
display advertising has been devel- 
oped here by Herbert C. Widener, 
deaf-mute artist, and Wesley G. 
Watson, show card painter. The pair 
have devised a method of spraying 
"black light" paint, employed ex- 
tensively in theaters, so it can be 
used in quantity on automobiles and 
other products for advertising pur- 

Hunt Heads 16 mm. Sales 
For RCA in Chi. Territory 

(Continued from Page 13) 

Swisher, manager of the RCA 16 
mm. equipment section. 

Hunt will represent RCA in the 
12 mid-Western states, replacing H. 
E. Erickson, who has been promoted 
to assistant manager of the educa- 
tion and sales department at the 
Camden office. Beneke is replacing M. 
N. Heidenreich, who has been trans- 
ferred to the Dallas regional office, 
in the same capacity. 

Sees Popcorn Acreage Drop 

Chicago — C. D. Potter, a leading 
popcorn broker, says that acreage 
this year will only be 40 per cent of 
the previous year, according to latest 

Optical Society Hears 

Bell-Howell Engineers 

(Continued from Page 13) 
which opened yesterday at the Hotel 

One, by Research Physicist Doris 
L. Caballero, covers the subject of 
multiple-layer lens coatings. Multiple 
layers have unique optical properties; 
but the mathematics for predicting 
properties of new combinations is a 
highly complex affair because the 
multiple reflections must be taken 
into account. Miss Caballero has de- 
veloped a new method fo" making 
these calculations, with positive and 
accurate results for any number of 
coating layer'- involved. 

Second in the Bell & Howell papers 
is one concerning the interchange- 
ability of lens elements " and com- 
ponents. This interchangeability of 
glass and metal components is a 
necessity in mass production of pre- 
cision optics, and has been the sub- 
ject of intensive study by Chief 
Optical Engineer Paul Foote and his 
assistant. Dr. R. A. Woodson. 

Still another monograph has been 
prepared by Chief Research Engi- 
neer Malcolm G. Townsley, in collab- 
oration with Foote, the subject being 
the construction and use of a device 
for measuring precisely the focus- 
ing dimensions of camera lenses. 

Only 20% of Carpet 
Demands Now Met 

(Continued from Page 13) 

older customers, but most will have ( 
to be satisfied with partial deliveries. 
As a result old theaters are mak- 
ing their replacements piecemeal, 
doing a balcony, or a couple of aisles 
as material is delivered. Some new 
theaters, it is thought, will have to 
get along without carpeting, or with 
substitute floor coverings. 

Cortes Builds Outdoor Voude. 

San Antonio, Tex. — Ramiro Cortes 
is building a 1,000-seat outdoor the- 
ater. The Follies, which will feature 
acts and musical shows from Mexico, 
Cuba and the U. S. 





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Friday, October 4, 194^, 

New Change Making 
Equipment Due Soon 

Continued from Page 13) 
for use near coin operated devices, 
such as candy machines or soft drink 
dispensers. Johnson Fare Box Co. 
here is manufacturing one that is 
being installed in drink vending ma- 
chines by Westinghouse. At the 
present time they are going into 
Coca Cola equipment but they will 
be available for other soft drink man- 
ufacturers and for theater installa- 

A new coin changer made by the 
Vendo Co. is being tested in some of 
the Walgreen Co. New York and Chi- 
cago stores. Machine exchanges 
nickles for dimes and quarters. De- 
vice, it is understood, will receive a 
theater tryout shortlj*. 

UK Eastman Demand 
At Peal(-M(Master 

iContinued from Page 13) 
board of directors and joint European 
general manager for Kodak, now here 
for a short stay. 

The Harrow works is operating 24 
hours a day, seven days a week to 
meet the demand, but despite the fact 
that production has reached an all- 
time high for peacetime, McMaster 
predicts that it will be several years 
before production catches up with 

Forman Group to Build 
Tacoma, Salem Drive-ins 

Seattle — United Theaters, a group 
headed by William Forman of 
Seattle, has purchased a 54 acre 
tract of land just out of South Ta- 
coma, for a Community Center de- 
velopment, vnth a new theater as the 
keystone. The site is known as the 
Tacoma Rodeo grounds, owned by 
Ron Schlager. The development wii 
incluae s.orez and a drive-in theater 
for which plans are now being drawn. 
The approximate cost ^vill be §300,- 
000. Construction will start, Forman 
said, as soon as materials are avail- 

Forman al;o announced plans for 
the construction of a 600-car Motor- 
In theater near Salem, Ore. 

Popcorn Ass'n Admits 
Three to Membership 

Chicago — National Association of 
Popcorn Manufacturers has admitted 
Bryant Theater Supply Co. of Char- 
lotte, N. C, Cinema Distributing Co. 
of Pittsburgh and the Connection 
Cabinet Co. of Chicago, to member- 

Monahans Palace Bums 

Monahans, Tex. — Fire originating 
in a second floor office destroyed the 
Palace Theater here. John Scott, Jr., 
operator, suffered minor burns. 


Elwha Thealer to Shearer 

Seattle — B. F. Shearer, of the B. 
F. Snearer Co., Seattle, has taken 
over, on long-term lease, the opera- 
tion of tne iiilwna Theater in r'ort 
Angeles, Wasn. Itie theater is owned 
by Jlenrv Davidson and associates, 
iiie nouse is modern and seats 750. 
bnucK Uharies, who recently re- 
joined the Shearer organization aft- 
er several years in business of his 
own in San Francisco, has been in- 
stalled as manager. 

Paul Sells the Seabreeze 

Morehead City, N. C— The Sea- 
breeze, Beauford, has been purchased 
trom Raymond Paul for a reported 
^^o,U00 by the Scewart Everett Co., 
oi Dunn. Ernest Guthrie, Beaufort, 
who has been assistant manager of 
tile City and Royal, has been named 
manager of the Seabreeze. Sammy 
Daniels, who has been associated 
with the Stewart-Everett chain for 
the past year, succeeds Guthrie. 

Buys Spring Valley House 

IViarcin Scnwartz, formerly presi- 
dent of the Cross 1 heater Corp., has 
purchased the Parkw^ay Theater, 
located in Spring Valley, N. Y., from 
Max Freedman. Some improvements 
are being made and Schwartz plans 
to open the house in December. 

Sebring Circle Leased 

Sebring, Fla. — Paul Vinson, owner 
of the Circle, has leased it for five 
years to Jack Burkette of Fort 
Myers. Theater, closed for some 
time, is undergoing extensive re- 

Abilene Walker Purchased 

Abilene, Tex.— The Bobby Walker 
Theater, owned and operated by 
Phil Isley of Dallas, has been pur- 
chased by Tom Griffing. Griffing 
also owns and opera :es the local 

Van Sickle ^ells to Lee 

Manchester, Mich. — Roland M. Lee, 
a newcomer to show business, is tak- 
ing over the Manchester Theater 
from Edwin Van Sickle, who plans on 
acquiring another house after taking 
a vacation. 

Iowa Park Parkway Sold 

Iowa Park, Tex.— W. E. Guest of 
Fort Worth has sold his Parkway 
Thea:er to .J. B. Boyce of Sherman 
for an estimated price of §30,000. 
Deal also included real estate. Boyce 
was formerly with the Interstate 
Cotton Oil Co. 

Harris Opens the Lake 
Detroit — Bud Harris, Jr. is opening 

his fir^t indepenuent venture, the 
Lake Theater, at Walled Lake. Prior 
to this, he managed and booked the 
Keego Harbor and Drayton Plains 
Lneaters for his father. 

Evans Purchases the Swea 

Swea, la. — Tyndall Evans has pur- 
chased the Swea Tneater here from 
Fred Thacker. 

Steams Sells to Evans 

Hurley, S. D. — Darwin Evans has 
purchased the State here from Herb- 
ert I. Stearns. 

Rockford Rock Sold 

Rockford, la. — Donald Bowlin has 
sold the Rocic here to Mrs. C. Lee 

Drew Sells to Gorden 

Edinburg, III.— The Edinburg The- 
ater has been sold by Russell Drew 
10 Haidon Gorden. 

Conners Sells to Son 

Dawson, Tex. — The Ritz, operated 
by W. A. Conners, has been sold to 
ilarry Conners, a son. The younger 
Conners was recently released from 
the Army, 

Lyric in Le Center Sold 

Le Center, Minn. — Bill Wood and 
Clem Jaunich have sold the Lyric to 
Arthur Wood. 

Southern to Mrs. Jackson 

Springfield, 0. — Mrs. George Jack- 
son has taken over the Southern 
from George Drewison, 

Boda Leases the Hartman 

Columbus, O. — Robert F. Boda, 
manager of the Hartman, has leased 
the theater for a five-year period to 
start June 1, 1950. Maribel and 
Regan Hughston are owners of the 

Buys Nora Springs Fox 

Nora Springs, la. — Alfred Rich- 
ardson of St. Paul, Minn., has pur- 
chased the Fox from M. J. S. Powell. 
The house will be managed by Rich- 
ardson's son, Larry, a war veteran. 

Bolton Buys from Lee 

Trenton, Fla.— C. E. Bolton has 
purchased the Capitol Theater from 
W. Lee. Lee plans to open a new 
house in Newberry. 

House to Open 14 Months 
After Building Started 

Cleveland, O. — Scoville, Essick and 
Reif circuit announces that its new 
i,600-seat deluxe Vine Theater in 
nearby Willoughby, will definitely 
open between Oct. 1 and 15. All build- 
ing and labor difficulties have finally 
been overcome and the theater, 
started Aug. 23, 1945, is now almost 

Mid-West Acoustical 
Warehouse for Akron 

Akron, 0. — The Mid-West Acous- 
tical & Supply Co. has opened offices 
and a warehouse at 419 Locust St., 
Akron, for servicing the Akron, Can- 
ton, and Youngitown area. The office 
will be managed by Robert R. Elliott, 
vice-president of the sound condition- 
ing company. 

Show Tele Equipment 
At TBA's Conference 

(Continued from Page 13) 

housed in the Jade, Basildon 
As tor galleries of the hotel. 

Exhibitors include RCA, G'"" 
Electric, American Telephone f 
graph Company, Farnsw^orth'^ . : 
i^ision & Radio, Philco, Teii:: 
Sonora Radio & Television, Cros.; 
XBC and Belmont Electric. 

Televiiion receivers being insta - 
at the exhibition Will be fed thro: , 
a special distribution system kny., 
as Intra-Video, developed by Tel 
con, headed by Solomon Sagall. 

Betw'een 28 and 30 different model ■ 
of tele receivers will be displayed b 
ohe set manufacturers exhibiting, 
is announced. 

Dr. Wasley to Fill 
Ansco Research Post 


Binghamton— Dr. F. W. H. Mue 

ier, director of research at Anse 
announced yesterday the appoin 
ment of Dr. William L. Wasle 
:'ormerly assistant professor i 
hemistry at Washington Universit 
St. Louis, in the capacity of resean 
group leader. 

Other personnel changes includf 
che promotions of Dr. Hermai' 
Hoerlin as manager of the physi 
research laboratory and of Dr. Frai 
J. Kaszuba as manager of the chei 
IS try research laboratory. 

Promoted to the rank of researi 
specialists: Dr. Gustav A. Wiesehal, 
and Ronald H. Bingham. Dr. Benj 
min R. Harriman, Dr. Thomas 
Thompson, and Monroe H. Swe 
were promoted to the rank of i 
search group leaders. 

Medal of Merit Goes 
To Stoll and Bushley 

(Continued from Page 13) 

Medal for Merit — conferred by Pr( 
ident Truman for "exceptiona 
meritorious conduct in the perfor; 
ance of outstanding services to t 
United States." 

Presentation of the Medal a 
accompanying citation was made 
Maj. Gen. Harry C. Ingles, Ch 
S-gnal Officer, U. S. Army, at br 
ceremonies in Stoll's office at TV 
and in Dr. Buckley's office at the B 
Labs. Col. Grant A. Williams, Sigi 
Officer, First Army, Governo 
Island, read the citations, signed:- 
President Truman. !: 

'Ribbon Frame" Film 
Camera Report Ready 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAI 

Washington — The office of T& 
nical Services of the Department i 
Commerce announces that a re.ea; 
report on a new 'ribbon frame" r 
cion picture camera with a speed 
120 frames per second and exposi 
time from .0001 to .0006 seconds 
now available. 


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:ril<e Showdown on AFL Convention Floor? 

lish Threatens to Take 
3E Out of AFL and Or- 
.ze Amuse. Industry 

cago— With Richard F. Walsh, 
■ £ president, voicing the hope 
^.he AFL "won't make us take 
yrafts out'," the stormy Holly- 
studio jurisdictional dispute is 
Ijted to reach the showdown 
i at the AFL convention, which 
" today at the Drake Hotel. 
i, Federation's Executive Coun- 
("hich is said by the lATSE to 
1 reversed its decision of last 
Liber which the lA accepted as 
I,: its members the right to build 
iS slated to be on the receiving 
i'' a verbal barrage from Walsh 

ore leaving the Coast for the 
^intion sessions, Walsh said that 
\ (Continued on Page 4) 

lublic Quarterly 
tit At $444,949 

,ublic Pictures Corp. and its 
liaries for the 13 weeks ended 
27 reports net profit of $717,- 
]' before provision for Federal 
Estimated Federal normal 
urtaxes are $272,710.67, mak- 
Inet after taxes, $444,949.00 . 

y to Replace Zucker 
,CoI. in Cleveland 

^ar Ruby, Columbia's Milwaukee 
|h manager, is slated to replace 

;• Zucker, resigned, as the com- 
j3 manager in Cleveland, it was 
'id over the week-end. Ruby 
?athe's branch chief in Cleve- 

at one time and subsequently 

3 as salesman in Columbia's of- 


idtttg Scale Marks 
•It? Italian Seat Tax 

tome (By Air Mail) — The Gov- 
iment has imposed a new seat tax 
a sliding scale. It consists of a 
per cent levy on 20 lire seats; 30 
cent on 20 to 60 lire locations 
40 per cent on seats costing 
r 60 lire. 


Paramount's Perkins Tells of Swift Job Accomplished 
In Reconstruction of Theaters 

The Philippines have shown the 
most rapid business recovery in any 
country formerly occupied by the 
enemy, accoi'ding to Robert V. Per- 
kins, Paramount manager in Manila, 
who is the first American manager in 
the islands to arrive in New York 
since the re-establishment of the U. 
S. motion picture business there. 

The revival of facilities for other 

forms of amusement has not kept 
pace with the swift job accomplished 
in the reconstruction of theaters 
damaged by the war, Perkens said. 
Approximately 300 theaters are in 
operation and business in Manila is 
far ahead of pre-war averages, he 
added. The OWI, with carefully 
selected subjects, provided excellent 
(Continued on Page 6) 

$1,500,000 In Danisli 
Coin for U. S. Firms 

Copenhagen (By Air Mail) — Earn- 
ings of films shown in Denmark prior 
to the war, totalling $1,500,000, have 
been released and will soon be trans- 
mitted to the accounts of American 
film companies. 

Denmark is said to be the first 
country on the continent to take 
such a step. It is reported future 
(Continued on Page 6) 

NCA Regional to be 
Held in Duluth Oct. 14 

Minneapolis — A regional meeting 
of North Central Allied for all inde- 
pendent exhibitors in the area will 
be held in Duluth at Hotel Duluth on 
Oct. 14, Don Swartz, NCA executive 
secretary, disclosed at the week-end. 
Both Swartz and Ben Berger, NCA 
(Continued on Page 4) 

Competitive Bidding 
Nixed in MPTOAPoli 

The final cumulative results of 
MPTOA's poll of exhibitor reaction 
to the court's recommendations in 
the New York equity case showed 
that 276 exhibitors were opposed to 
the competitive bidding proposal, 
while 20 exhibitors were in favor of 

The poll, launched six weeks ago, 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Asks Harriman's D of C 
Economic Control Policy 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — ^Rep. Estes Kefauver 
of Tennessee, chairman of the 
monopoly sub-committee of the 
House Small Business Committee, 
said over the week-end he had writ- 
ten W. Averill Harriman asking 
(Continued on Page 7) 

WB Sues CSUfor $3,000,000 

Charges Property Damage, Prod. Stoppage 

Crown Sets World-vnde 
Release of Goldwyn Films 

The world-wide release schedule 
for Samuel Goldwyn pictures cur- 
rently in release was announced by 
Alfred Crown, foreign sales rep., 
yesterday as he left for Paris. 

"Wonder Man," "The Princess and 
(Continued on Page 6) 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Warner Bros, has 

filed in the ^Superior Court against 

Conference of Studio Unions a suit 

for $3,000,000 charging damage of 

property and holding up production. 

The producers made no comment 

on the CSU's settlement proposal, 

but a producer representative said 

that the offer was but a restatement 

(Continued on Page 7) 

Reported Willing to 
Accept Cross-Licensing 
Ban In Lieu of Divestiture 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — The Department of 
Justice was weighing over the week- 
end proposals by the CIEA that the 
New York equity court be petitioned 
to rule out percentage deals on films. 
This was the most important varia- 
tion from the Allied proposals of last 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Exiiibs. Wind Up Ail 
Proposals Tliis Weel( 

Further developments leading to 
the framing of a final decree in the 
New York equity case are scheduled 
for this week as preparations get 
under way for the court hearings 
on Oct. 22. 

While favoring the abolishment 
of the recommendation for competi- 
(Continued on Page 4) 

Scully Picks Marriott 
To Head "U" L. A. Office 

Appointment of L. W. Marriott as 
Universal's Los Angeles branch man- 
ager was announced Friday by Wil- 
liam A. Scully, vice-president and 
(Continued on Page 4) 

^o Early Tax Relief, 
Aussie^s Trade Told 

Sydney (By Air Mail) — Robert G. 
Menzies, leader of the opposition 
in the Australian Parliament, has 
advised the film industry that he 
sees no immediate prospect, should 
his party be returned, of a reduc- 
tion in amusement tax. Menzies 
said: "We believe a reduction in 
direct taxation is first essential to 
stimulate production, particularly in- 
come tax. When production in- 
creases substantially we can review 
other forms of taxation." 

The Prime Minister had previous- 
ly announced that he did not intend 
to reduce amusement tax for some 

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HUGH DALTON, Britain's Chancellor of the 
Exchequer, and former president of the Board 
of Trade, was in New York Friday from Wash- 

DR. MAX HERZBERGER, supervisor of optical 
research at Eastman Kodak, planes out today 
for Paris to attend the 25th anniversary of the 
French Institute d'Optique. 

THOMAS ]. SHEA, assistant to the president 
of lATSE. will return Wednesday from a trip 
to Chicago. 

GEORGE BROWN, Paramount's Coast publicity 
left New York for the Coast at the weekend. 

CLYDE COODSON, Paramount's branch man- 
ager in Atlanta, and AL DUREN, sales man- 
ager there, have returned after home office 

CLAUDE LEE, Paramount director of public 
relations, is back from Kansas City. 

ED GERSHMAN, treasurer and business man- 
ager of United Productions, returned to the 
Coast studio after a tour of the East and Mid- 
dle West. 

MOREY MARCUS, Paramount Int's. district 
manager for India, was due to arrive in New 
York from Bombay, via Cairo, over the week- 

LINDA SALZBERCER, assistant to Paul Acker- 
man, director of advertising and publicity for 
Paramount International, is vacationing at Leo- 
minster, Mass. 

RAY COLVIN of the St. Louis Exhibitors Sup- 
ply Co. and national president of the Equip- 
ment Dealers Protective Association, and MRS. 
COLVIN, and ). K. BAKER of the St. Louis 
Theatrical Scenic Studios, and MRS. BAKER 
will attend the SMPE convention in Los An- 
geles, Oct. 22-24. 

E. N. RAULAND of the 'Rauland Corp., Chi- 
cago accompanied by DR. C. S. SZEGHO. chief 
of research division and DR. HENRY MARCY 
chief of the television department, arrive early 
this week to attend the TBA tele conference. 

JOHN HERTZ. JR., board chairman, Buchanan 
& Co., arrived at La Guardia airport on Sat- 
urday from the Coast, accompanied by MARTIN 
JONES, the agency's radio department head. 

ROY HAINES, Western division sales man- 
ager for Warners, returned to New York over 
the week-end from a four-week tour of his 

ROBERT ALDA, left New York on Saturday 
for the Coast after a series of Eastern pa's and 
press interviews. 

FRANK N. PHELPS, Warner Theaters execu- 
tive, will be in Cleveland this week. 

CHARLES RICH, Warner district manager, is 
spending the week in the Indianapolis and Louis- 
ville area conferring with circuit theater own- 

NORMAN H. MORAY, short subject sales 
manager for Warners, arrives at the Burbank 
studio today for a series of conferences on 
coming product. 

BURTUS BISHOP, JR., M-G-M district man- 
ager, has returned to his Dallas headquarters 
after a visit to Kansas City. 

RUDY BERGER, M-C-M's Southern sales man- 
ager with headquarters at New Orleans has re- 
turned there after spending several days in 
the field. 

FRANK C. HENSLER, M-G-M district man- 
ager, has returned to his Detroit headquarters 
after a three-day visit to Kansas City. 

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The six COLDWYN Girls touring Great Britain 
have concluded their first week in London and 
will leave for Manchester. 

HY CHAPMAN, branch manager of the Co- 
lumbia exchange, Minneapolis, is on a business 
trip in Northern Minnesota. 

HENRY GOLDBERG, Paramount travelling audi- 
tor, is at the Minneapolis exchange. 

RAY BURGESS, director of Motion Picture Divi- 
sion of the Cigar Institute of America, Inc., 
left New York Saturday for Hollywood where 
he'll stop at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. 

RAOUL, secretary, and TOM SHEA were due in 
Chicago Saturday for the AFL convention. 

MARTIN SPITZER, Liberty Films' story editor, 
planed to New York at the week-end for a three- 
week business stay. 

J. E. ANDERS, of the Droll Theater Supply Co., 
has returned to Chicago from a three-week 
vacation at Three Lakes. Wise. 

A. J. HOLMES, Holmes Projector Co. prexy, is 
vacationing in New York. 

HERBERT BENNIN, acting branch manager 
for M-G-M in St. Louis, is back after a brief 
visit to Kansas City. 

WALTER BROOKS, assistant to H. M. Richey, 
M-C-M exhibitor relations head, has returned 
from Kansas City. He will be in Oklahoma City, 
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EDWIN W. AARON, M-G-M assistant gen- 
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reprints and importations division, is in Port- 
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HARRY HOPKINS, St. Louis M-C-M salesman, 
has returned to the Mound City with his wife 
after a vacation here. 

CHARLES C. MOSKOWITZ, vice-president and 
treasurer of Loew's left for the Coast over the 

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CHARLES FOGEL, field maintenance man for 
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Strike Showdown 
May Come Today 

(Continued from Page 1) 
in the bitter dispute with the car- 
penters' union and the Conference 
of Studio Unions, he considered the 
AFL executive council "the greatest 
villain of all" because of its so-called 
clarifying directive which switched 
jurisdiction from the lA to carpen- 
ters insofar as set construction was 
Amusement Organization Threat 

Asserting that the lATSE "likes 
the AFL" and hopes that the AFL 
"won't make us take our crafts out," 
Walsh warned flatly that "if they 
do, we'll organize the amusement 
industry as it has never been or- 

"We'll have 200,000 members in- 
stead of our 60,000," said Walsh, in- 
dicating that if the lA broke with 
the AFL, it would use the moneys 
paid the Federation as dues for or- 
ganization purposes. 

Walsh and his executive board 
will be bolstered by the appearance 
of a "Flying Caravan" of the Screen 
Actors Guild which will consist of 
Robert Montgomery, Walter Pidgeon, 
Gene Kelly, Edward Arnold, George 
Murphy, Ronald Reagan and Jane 
Wyman, among others. 
SAG Demands Steps to End Strike 

The SAG delegation is coming on 
to demand that the Federation take 
steps to end the jurisdictional strike 
which has been marked by picketing 
and outbreaks of violence. The SAG 
members are not observing the CSU 
picket lines. 

It is considered possible that Eric 
A. Johnston, president of MPAA, 
will be at the convention. Johnston 
has postponed his European survey 
trip because of the current strike 
situation at the studios. 

NCA Regional to Be 
Held in Duluth Oct. 14 

(Continued from Page 1) 

president, will attend and will re- 
port on the recent national Allied 
convention in Boston. Local checkers 
and the recent Statutory Court in re- 
gard to auction selling also will be 
discussed at the meeting. 

The board of North Central Allied 
will meet today at Hotel Nicollet in 
Minneapolis to hear a report iby 
Swartz and Berger on the Boston 

NCA plans to have a semi-annual 
convention in Minneapolis in Novem- 


Oct. 7 

Alice Day Joe Cobb 

Mona Maris Herman J. Mankiewicz 

Reinhold Schunzel Margaret Morris 

Lois Ranson Edward Sedgwick 

E. J. Werner 


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Opportunity Knochs Again 

• • • THURSDAY AND FRIDAY are destined to be significant 
dates, for they mark the first post-war Conference and Exhibition of the 

Television Broadcasters Association at the Waldorf Astoria In film 

circles there has been a great deal of conversation about television 

There is no unanimity of opinion Will television have an amplifying 

or modifying effect on the motion picture industry? ...... There's the 

rub A great many have seen the small pre-war televison image. 

but they should not condition their post-war thinking by what they 
saw The new sets, which will be on display and in operation, pro- 
vide images many, many strides closer to motion picture standards 

Toppers in the production, distribution, end exhibition branches at the 
TBA conference will have a golden opportunity to learn what television 
has accomplished in the past several years and what it proposes to do 

in the immediate future The visit will go far to aid them to properly 

evaluate this burgeoning new industry 

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• • • THE PERSONAL TOUCH: Ernest W. Fredman, managing 
editor of Britain's Daily Film Renter, and Mrs. Fredman will be coming 

over on the first voyage of the SS Queen Elizabeth It will be the 

first American visit in 14 years for the indefatigable and erudite 
Freddie After a stay here, the, Fredmans will be off to give Holly- 
wood the double-o. ... • To Wayne G. Norton, Eastman Kodak's 
sales engineer, went the Optical Society of America's Adolph Lomb 
award on Friday night It was given in recognition of war re- 
search on fire-control instruments. ... • A doff of Phil M's chapeau to 
Maurice Bergman, et al, of Universal for that corking page ad for "The 
Killers" which caught — and held — the eye in Friday's N. Y. Daily 

News Ad reproduced favorite "Killers" scenes of five Broadway 

celebs ... a helluva effective splash. ... • Arthur Green, Chicago 
film financier, heads for Hollywood shortly to finalize new producing 
deals. ... • Sydney Toler and the missus will be sailing this month 
for a short holiday in England. ... • Eugene Rosenbluth, owner of 
the Stork Theater, Cleveland, who had four sons in service during 
World War II, now is represented by a fifth son, Eddie, in the Army. . . . 

• Cpl. Sol B. Abroms, who was with Universal's home office publicity 
department before he entered the Army, has been awarded the Army 
Commendation Ribbon, peace time equivalent of the Bronze Star, by Brig. 
Gen. B. M. Hovey, commanding general of Bowling Field, where Abrams 
is a public relations specialist. ... • It vras Goodbye Mary Fiiuierty 
at Monogram International Friday when Norton Ritchey's secretary bowed 
out of the industry to go into the fruit and vegetable business in Free- 
port, L. I 

T T T 

• • • CUFF NOTK: The Financial World's yearly survey of 1945 
corporate annual reports found Universal, Parcmiount and RKO taking the 
honors in that order in the motion picture industry, and Eastman Kodak, 
Argus and General Aniline dittoing in the photographic industry In- 
cidentally the Golden "Oscar" of Industries award went to the Chesapeake 
and Ohio Railway whose chairman happens to be Robert R. Young, a 
gent, not exactly unknown in film biz. ... • When the sedate Waldorf- 
Astoria sends out a press release noting the arrival there of a Hollywood 
star "and his bodyguard," you begin to wonder if the Coast studio strike 
has spread to New York. ... • Metro's William Ferguson pulled an 
exploitation nifty when Leo's hoss star, Bess, made a p.a. at the Grand 
Rapids Variety Club dirmer 

▼ TV 

Exhibs. Wind Up All 
Proposals This Weeli 

(Continued from Page 1) 
tive bidding, the MPTOA le;-. 
tomorrow will meet in y^^'Miig 
to draft their own ideko^jf i 
auction selling should functior 
that method is to be required of 
industry by the court. The MPTO 
recommendations will be submit 
to Robert L. Wright, special as 
tant to the Attorney General. 1 
will wind up exhibitor moves 
changes in the decree recommen 

Recommendations on the propo 
final decree, especially as they re! 
to competitive bidding, were j 
pared last week by Abram F. Mj 
for the Conference of Independ 
Exhibitors' Associations. The j 
posals were given to Wright Fri 

Meanwhile, the decree draft 
the "Big Five" was scheduled to 
sent at the week-end to the Dep; 
ment of Justice, although there v. 
reports that the document was 
ready on Friday. 

The decree hearings by the co 
slated for Oct 22, will last two d; 
it was said last week. It previoi 
had been reported that arguir 
might last three or four days. 

Scully Picks Merriott 
To Head "U" L. A. Offic( 

(Continued from Page 1) 

general sales manager. Mariil 
formerly was with Republic Pictu 
He succeeds Foster Blake, who 
cently was promoted to district n . 
ager. ■ 



Portland, Ore. — Ray 0. (Sli 

Wilson, local bratich manager 
Universal, announces his marriag 
Lillian Lockwood, for many y 
owner - manager of Irvinglon ' 


Elkhart, Ind. — Michael Evan, 
manager for the Elkhart Amusei 
Co. and manager of the Elco 1 
ater, was married to Margaret Li 

San Antonio, Tex. — A. W. M( 

and Mary Houston Welker were : 
ried here. Bride is assistant si 
tary in the Interstate city office 


Florence M. Kendall, daughte: 
Messmore Kendall, executive of, 
Capitol Theater on Broadway, w| 
married early next month to S\ 
Davis Stevenson, it was announc^ 
the week-end. 



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Produced by JOAN HARRISON 

Directed By EDWIN L. MARIN 




Monday, October 7, 19 

Philippines Recovery 
Rapid, Perkins Says 

(Continued from Page 1) 

screen fare for the movie-starved 
Philipinos, Perkins said. After eight 
months, the OWI was liquidated and 
the American companies took over 
last Nov. 15 with most of their 
former personnel rehired. 

Theaters "Mushrooming" 

Theaters began mushrooming in 
December and theater re-building 
was among the first reconstruction 
to get under way. The burned-out 
Avenue Theater re-opened in August 
with the latest equipment. 

American troops in the Philippines 
put considerable money in circula- 
tion in the islands, Perkins said. This 
coin helped the theater boom at the 
outset. The Army has since moved 
out of the bigger towns like Cebu 
and Davao, Perkins continued, affect- 
ing business seriously in tho;-e locali- 
ties, where grosses fell oif as much 
as 50 per cent. 

Perkins stated that the Philippine 
exhibitors were expecting consider- 
able product from all American com- 
panies. At least 450 features will 
have been released there in the first 
vear, he said. He believes that the 
number of features that will be re- 
quired annually will fall off to about 
350 when things settle down to nor- 

Inter-Island Shipping by Air 

Air transportation is used exclu- 
sively for inter-island shipping of all 
film and accessories, Perkins pointed 
out, and were it not for these facili- 
ties the remarkable recovery of busi- 
ness could not have been accom- 

Perkins, himself, holds a pilot's 
license and uses a personal plane for 
business purposes when gasoline is 
available. In one instance he used 
his plane to drop leaflets over 
Manila, heralding the opening of 
"Salty O'Rourke" at the Globe The- 

Perkins revealed that first-run ad- 
mission scales in the islands range 
between .3.30 pesos top and 1.10 pesos 
minimum, or $1.65 to 55 cents, and 
grosses there have been running 
high. With an eye on the box offices, 
the Philippines Congress has under- 
taken legislation to levy a 30 per cent 
tax on gross receipts. The bill passed 
both houses of the new republic's 
government and now rests on the 
desk of President Roxas, where it is 


i( Honorably Discharged i^ 

)OHN PAUL JONES, from the Navy, to treasurer 
ot the Uptown Theater, San Antonio, Tex. 

)OHN P. LOWE. Northampton, Mass., former 
manager in the Western Massachusetts The- 
aters, Inc. chain, from the Army. 

)ACK O'BRIEN from the Army, manager, O'Brien, 
Tracy, Minn. 

THAD SHERIDAN, from the Marines, Monogram 
salesman, San Francisco. 


SIDNEY O'CONNOR, advertising manager, Quim- 
by Theaters, Fort Wayne, Ind. 

WILFRED (BILL) DORNELL, manager, Grande 
Theater, Detroit. 

EDWARD OPPENHEIM, manager. Majestic The- 
ater, Wyandotte, Mich. 

DONALD VERLA, assistant manager. Highland 
Park Theater, Highland Park, Mich. 

CLARENCE H. MOSS, assistant to Eph Char- 
ninsky, in charge of all suburban Inter- 
state Theaters in San Antonio, Tex. 

TOMMY POWERS, treasurer, Laurel Theater, 
San Antonio, Tex. 

HUGH McKENZIE, RKO district advertising and 
publicity representative, St. Louis. 

ALVIN CROSS, office manager M-G-M, Denver. 

PETE NICHOLAS, manager, Rex, Chicago. 

JAMES S. LOCKE, sales manager, air condi- 
tioning sales, Minneapolis Honeywell Co., 

W.LL COLE, manager. Embassy, Chicago. 

EUGENE LANGENFELD, manager, Lake, Chica- 

LEONARD UTECHT, manager. Southern, Chi- 

JAMES CURRANT, manager, Byrd, Chicago. 

KENNETH SCHULTZ, purchasing agent. Sterling 
theaters, Seattle. 

ZOLLIE M. VOLCHOK, executive. Sterling thea- 
ters, Seattle. 

1,500,000 In Danish 
Coin for U. S. Firms 

(Continued from Page 1) 

remittances will be paid in install- 

The agreements were negoflated 
by Fayette W. Allport, MPAA repre- 
sentative in London, who recently 
toured the Scandinavian countries 
and concluded the monetary negotia- 
tions with Danish authorities. 

It was also learned a new agree- 
ment concerning the issuance of new 
import licenses to American film com- 
panies was reached. 

Fete Miller and Zucker 
In Cleveland on Oct. 28 

Cleveland, O. — A double feature 
testimonial dinner will be held Oct. 
28 at the Statler Hotel for Dave Mil- 
ler, Universal district manager trans- 
ferred to the Buffalo - Albany - New 
Haven territory and for Lester 
Zucker who resigned as Columbia 
branch manager to join the J. Arthur 
Rank-Universal organization as field 

To Show "Mast" Tomorrow 

Paramount will trade screen "Two 
Years Before the Mast" in all key 
cities, except New York, tomorrow. 

hoped it will get a veto, Perkins 

Other Legislation Pending 

Other legislation, which he said 
was pending, includes one bill to re- 
duce theater admission price by 50 
per cent, and another to force the 
closing' of all theaters from 8 a.m. 
to 4 p.m.. The former of these two 
probably will be passed by both 
houses, but it is hoped that it also 
will be vetoed. The latter has not 
yet had a hearing, Perkins said. 

During the 1946-1947 season Para- 
mount will release 26 to 30 features 
for first-run houses in the territory, 
Perkins revealed. 

Perkins will remain in New York 
for about three weeks, during which 
time he will confer with Paramount 
International President George Welt- 
ner. F. C. Henry, district manager 
for the division embracing the Phi- 
lippines, is in charge of Paramount 
operations in Manila during Perkins' 

Competitive Bidding 
Nixed in MPTOA Poll 

(Continued from Page 1) 
brought answers from exhibitors rep- 
resenting 961 theaters in 43 states. 

On the question of theater divorce- 
ment, the final tabulation revealed 
that 185 answers favored divestiture, 
108 were opposed and nine exhibitors 
did not answer the question. As to 
the court's recommendations for arbi- 
tration covering disputes as to bids, 
clearances, runs, whether the bidder 
has a theater adequate for a run for 
which he bids and similar matters, 
217 exhi,bitors were opposed and 66 
were in favor, with 14 not answering 
the question. 

On the subject of non-industry 
arbitrators, 40 registered in favor of 
them and 250 voted in the negative. 
Nine did not answer the question. 

Crown Sets World-Wide 
Release of Goldwyn Films 

(Continued from Page 1) 
the Pirate" and "The Best Years of 
Our Lives" will be shown in Latin 
America during the first six months 
of 1947. "The Little Foxes," "Won- 
der Man" and "The Princess and the 
Pirate" will circulate in Continental 
Europe during the same period. 

"The Kid From Brooklyn," with 
the Goldwyn Girls appearing per- 
sonally at the premiere, will open in 
London in mid-Autumn. The same 
picture plus 'Wonder Man" will 
be available at the same time in the 
Far East and Australia. "Wonder 
Man" has just been released in 

It's Ccrtching! ! ! 

Evelyn Goldin and Sally Ruben- 
stein, both members of the trust de- 
partment staff at the Warner Bros, 
home office, recently became brides. 
Their respective spouses are Adolph 
Meirowitz and George S. Schmidt. 

Dinner for Tom O'Brien 

Chicago — The Chicago operators' 
union will give a dinner this week 
for Tom O'Brien, general secretary 
of the British Theatrical and Kine 
Employes Union, who is coming for 
the AFL convention. 

CIEA For Appeal to 
Rule Out % Deals 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

month which the CIEA ag^.^d uj 
in its two-day session here ^ we 

It was reported here, bir>-.i'ot i 
initely confirmed, that the CIEA 
indicated complete willingness 
accept a flat ban on cross-liceni 
in lieu of divorcement. This decij 
among the CIEA organizations i.5 
ported to be not unanimous. 

The suggestions were included 
a letter given Robert L. Wright I 
day by Abram F. Myers, Allied z 
eral counsel, but not released t«j 
industry press as yet. 

Wright Non-Committal 

Wright had refused to com 
himself for or against the propc 
during a three-hour session with 
CIEA leaders here last week. I 
known that the proposal origina 
with members of the PCCITO, \ 
formed the largest portion of 
CIEA group here. Jesse Stern, h 
of Unaffiliated Exhibitors, Inc 
also believed to have supported 

The exhibitors told Wright it i; 
possible to reach any formula t( 
termine, on the basis of a percen 
deal, who the highest bidder f 
film is because of differences in i 
ing, run, clearance, and other : i 
rers. Recognizing that bidding oi 
flat sum basis might be discrin 
torv in some cases, the Westei 
held that it would be both easi( 
enforce and less discriminatory ii 
long run than any other propos 
Against Auction Selling 

At the same time, CIEA p 
tered its strong opposition to 
auction selling proposal — but Wri 
reminded them, as he has oth 
that the idea originated with 
court and that the Departmenr 
no power to rule it out. 

R. H. Poole, PCC leader, stayei 
Washington through Friday and ( 
ferred at some length Fridav \ 
Arch A. Mercey, OWMR film" el- 
regarding PCC co-operation in 
showing of special shorts offered 
Government agencies thro 
OWMR. PCC agreed in August 1 
it would recommend films to its in 
bership which its reviewing conn 
tee has first okayed. 


L. C. GRIFFITH, president of Gri 
Amusement Co. and Griffith Consolic 
Theatres, has shown only slight impi 
ment in the past week, it was stated a' 
week-end by hospital attendants, 
circuit president suffered a severe si 
two weeks ago. 

JERRY PICKMAN is bedded down 
the flu. 

W. S. POWERS, owner of the Rex 
ater, Gienwcod, la., has been conl 
due to illness. 

JOE MEYER, owner of an Omaha 
advertising agency, will undergo a 
bladder operation at St. Joseph's Hosj 


October 7, 1946 



rner, Para. Stock 
|nges Hands 

^gton Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

.shington — Several large blocks 
prner and Paramount common 
"^hands in late August and 
Jtember, according to a 
Inent issued over the week-end 
^ie SEC. In addition, SEC re- 
il the sale of 400,000 shares of 
■jdollar par common by the Atlas 
'1. which retained 920,000 shares 
rarrants for another 327,812. 
j<lerick Ehrman, through Leh- 
|;3ros., was reported to have ex- 
•jd 1,776 warrants for common 
purchased another 36,074 shares 
le stock, 'then sold the entire 
jnt within two days in early 

,i:,tock split-up brought 215,000 
(3 of Warners $5 par common 
■}ik L. Warner, 214,500 to Albert 
\\ev and 150,000 to Harry M. 
iier. The three brothers now hold 
30, 429,000 and 300,000 shares 
Jttively in their own names. Six 
.and shares each were turned 
rjjto trusts for Albert and Jack 
;4jer, with each trust now contain- 
12,000 shares, and 6,700 to a 
'jcredited to Harry Warner. The 
!'> Warner trust now contains 
lilJ shares. 

;Dther WB Stock Changes 
i.i- Warner stock division also 
iht 100 shares to Samuel Car- 
;i600 to ,S. P. Friedman and 100 
krles S. Guggenheimer. As was 
(Use with the three Warner bro- 
j each of these men received 
gh the split-up the identical 
(dty of the stock he held already, 
^plit of Paramount dollar par 
on doubled the stock holdings 
I C. Goodyear and Duncan G. 
ijs. This split which occurred in 
Ihrought 4,100 shares to Good- 
'- 2,100 to a trust in his name, 
180 to Harris. 

■holas M. Schenck and J. Robert 

were both reported in gifts of 

s common, Rubin giving 100 

5 and retaining 6,040, and 

ick giving 1,300 and retaining 


Ijhn Disposes of Some Stock 
''■ry Cohn was reported dispos- 
f ' 10,000 shares of Columbia 
on, retaining 135,934 and 100 
js of the $4.25 preferred. Abra- 
Schneider was reported drop- 
,400 warrants for the common, 
;:ing 11,018. 

jrge D. Burrows, in a correction 
' July report, was shown exer- 
his options for 4,500 shares of 
?ram par common. Burrows 
.olds 4,533 shares of the stock, 
arrants for another 3,000. 
'•ther correction to the July re- 
howed Herbert J. Yates pick- 
jo 10,000 shares of Republic 50- 
Dar common — half in his (5wn 
S and half for his Onrud, Inc. 
j holds 8,000 shares personally, 
through Onrud and 14,685 
?h the Antonsen Realty Co., as 
J'S 12,300 shares of the Republic 
ative preferred through the 
sen Co. SEC also reported Ar- 
^tr. Miller acquiring 100 shares 

REViEuis Of ncui HLms 

"The Dark Mirror" 

with Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, 

Thomas Mitchell 

Universal-International 85 Mins. 


That Robert Siodmak is an artistic, yet 
commercial interpreter of screenplay enter- 
tainment is established anew by the superb 
direction of his latest murder mystery pic- 

Nunnally Johnson deserves two pats on 
fhe back for his expert adaptation of a 
story which was featured in Good House- 
keeping Magazine, and for the effective 
productive quality. 

Paralleling the technical accomplishments 
is Olivia deHavilland'sintriguingdua! role por- 
trayal of identical twins, and Lew Ayres' 
delightfully charming manner as a young 
psychologist who aids in the solution of a 
murder. Thcmas Mitchell also merits special 
acclaim for pitching his role of detective 
with honesty and sincerity of purpose. 

Dimitri Tiomkin's musical score offers a 
flavored background to the moods which 
Siodmak has a knack of achieving through 
lights and shadows. 

The absorbing story deals with an at- 
tempt by Ayres and Mitchell tD help solve 
the mysterious stabbing of a prominent 
physician by breaking through some fool- 
proof alibis offered by identical twins, one 
of whom might easily have committed the 

Ayres, who had acquired a fondness for 
one of the twin girls before discovering 
she had a sister, offers them a salary to be- 
come the subjects of a special study he is 
making on twins. Through a series of tests 
he discovers one of them is slightly insane 
and extremely jealous of her sister's ro- 
mantic interests. 

A trap is set whereby one of the girls 
shows herself to be the killer, and Ayres is 
then "doubly" sure of the one he really 

CAST: Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas 
Mitchell, Richard Long, Charles Evans, Carry 
Owen, Lester Allen, Leia Bliss, Marta Mitrovich, 
Amelita Ward. 

CREDITS: Producer, Nunnally Johnson; Screen- 
play, Nunnally Johnson; Original story, Vladimir 
Pozner; Director, iRobert Siodmak; Cameraman, 
Milton Krasner. Duncan Cramer; Sound, Fred 
Lau, Arthur Johns; Set Decorator, Hugh Hunt; 
Film Editor, Ernest Nims; Music, iDimitri Tiom- 


80 Manufacturers Will 
Attend Equip. Conclave 

Toledo — More than 80 manufac- 
turers will meet dealers, theater 
owners, managers, projectionists, 
architects, and maintenance engi- 
neers at the Nov. 8-11 dual conven- 
tion of the Theater Equipment and 
Supply 'Manufacturers Association 
and the Theater Equipment Dealers 
Protective Association. 

TEiSMA's Secretary Roy Boomer 
confabbed with TEDPA's President 
Ray Colvin to arrange for additional 
exhibit space and more hotel accom- 
modations. So far, more than 50 
booths have been reserved. Room 
reservations exceed anticipated con- 
vention invasion. 

"Driftin' River" 

with Eddie Dean, Roscoe Ates 
PRC 55 Mins. 


Effectively varying the story content 
from the usual literary effort applied to the 
run of the mill western, this one deals 
with the depredations of a gang of outlaws 
who are playing havoc with the construc- 
tion of a railroad in the early days of the 

The bringing of law and order to Dow 
City is a prime motive. Eddie Dean and 
his partner, Roscoe Ates, enter the scene 
in search of remounts for a cavalry squadron 
whose duty it is to protect the railro~ad 
construction. They run counter to the dirty 
work of Lee Roberts and his gang of plug- 

Dean makes a deal with Shirley Patter- 
son for the purchase of her horses and 
there is jubilation. Lee Bennett, on« of 
Miss Patterson's hands, informs the Roberts 
gang. Next night the horses are stolen. 
The army is informed. A detail is sent to 
investigate. The soldiers are killed in a 
raid by the outlaws. The decent element 
in Dow City is aroused and William Faw- 
cett is elected sheriff. Dean comes on the 
scene and is mistakenly adopted into the 
gang. There follows clues and gunfights 
and plenty of riding which ultimately make 
for the rousing finish in which the crooks 
are rounded up and Dean disposes of the 
chief bad man in a hand-to-hand brawl. 
The horses are returned to their owner 
and the deal with the army proceeds. Dean 
and Ates retire to their army post once 
more for another assignment. 

There are a couple of songs involved in 
the telling which manage to relieve the 
tense moments of the plot. Dean has a 
new horse, "Flash." Miss Patterson is one 
of the more convincing western heroines 
and an optic pleasure. 

CAST: Eddie Dean, Roscoe Ates, Shirley 
Patterson, Lee Benrlett, William Fawcett, Lot- 
tie Harrison, Lee Roberts, Dennis Moore, The 
Sunshine Boys, Den Murphy. 

CREDITS: Produced and directed by Robert 
Emmett Tansey; Screenplay, Frances Kavanaugh; 
Cameraman, Marcel Le Picard; Art Director, Ed- 
ward C. Jewell; Sound, Buddy Myers; Film Edi- 
tor, Hugh Winn. 


Asks Harriman's D of C 
Economic Control Policy 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

whether the policy of the Department 
of Commerce regarding concentra- 
tion of economic power would be 
changed under his leadership. 

Last week Kefauver called on At- 
torney General Tom C. Clark to fur- 
nish the committee with full infor- 
mation on the "scope and success" of 
the Department of Justice's anti- 
trust campaign, including all records 
pertaining to motion picture suits. 

Under the leadership of former 
Secretary Henry Wallace, the De- 
partment of Commerce had played an 
active role in fighting so-called con- 
centration of economic control. 

In a letter to the new Secretary of 
Commerce, Kefauver said that the 
committee had sent a detailed ques- 
tionnaire to Wallace requesting ex- 
tensive material on the Department's 

Warner Bros. Sues 
(SU for $3^0,000 

(Continued from Page 1) 
of former GSU demands and does^ 
not make any concessions. 

There was heavy picketing Fridayl 
at the Republic studio which had 300 
pickets. Goldwyn Studio had its first 
picketing Friday with about 100 
pickets participating. 

'Observers believe that the vote of 
Screen Actors 'Guild members, which 
is expected to be announced today, 
will run about 10 to one in favor of 
members passing throuigh picket 

Representative John S. Wood of 
the U. S. House Un-American Activi- 
ties (Committee, who conferred with 
Mayor Fletcher Bowron Friday, said 
an investigation of the film strike is 
planned by his committee. He said 
he believed the strike was inspired 
by subversive groups. 

Ernest Adamson, counsel for the 
committee, plans to return in Novem- 
ber and then will serve subpoenas 
and question witnesses on the strike. 

policies as part of the monopoly com- 
mittee's investigation of the effec- 
tiveness of the Government's activity 
in combatting the growth of eco- 
nomic concentration. 

"A reply to the questionnaire was 
received during the final days of 
Wallace's tenure of office, stating in 
considerable detail the Department's 
policies and activities in dealing with 
this problem," the letter said. 

"The committee would very much 
appreciate an expression from you, 
at your convenience, as to whether 
that earlier reply still will represent 
the position of the Department in re- 
gard to its responsibilities for 
strengthening the position of the in- 
dependent business man and for help- 
ing to preserve the competitive en- 
terprise economy. 

Trinity Seehs Funds 
From Film Old-Timers 

Ciiffside Park, N. J.— Trinity Epis- 
copal Church is conducting a $10,000 
fund-raising campaign within the mo- 
tion picture industry as part of a 
drive to free the Church from debt 
and to permit its consecration. Many 
of the industry's old-timers attended 
services at Trinity when there was 
active production in the Fort Lee 
and local studios. Church was closed 
two years because a $63,000 mort- 
gage on an original $180,000 cost. 
Some $53,000 has been collected 
from sources outside the industry 
and Charles E. Burden, on behalf 
of the rector, Rev. Richard P. Pressey, 
is conducting a drive within the in- 
dustry for the balance needed. Bur- 
den reports that a number of con- 
tributions have been made by old- 
time actors and producers. It is 
hoped to raise the full amount by 
October 15. 

. . . another direct hit for more patrons 

and Bigger Receipts.. .the kind 

of shooting that comes from. 

knowing his target... and how 

to ring the bell! 

The PRIZE BABY never 

misses... because... he always 

aims at the BOX OFFICE [ 

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The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Twenty-Eight Years Old 


\t90. no. 70 





of J Decree Proposals ^'Fall Short ^^" Myers 

'reamlined" Bidding 
1 on Cross-Licensing 
»w Gov't Tightening Up' 


I ■jngtoii Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Lashington — Lauding the Gov- 
I lent's staunch stand that com- 
divorcement is the only ade- 
e relief in the equity case, 
im F. Myers, Allied States' gen- 
counsel and OIEA spokesman, 
(Continued on Page 7) 


, Bell & Howell 
New 16 mm. Deal 

deal between Universal and Bell 
owell's 16 mm. projects was re- 
ed yesterday to be close to the 
ummation stage. Deal is said to 

,ilve Bell & Howell's vast 16 mm. 

iiry, which Universal will acquire 

;|l (Continued on Page 7) 

m Deals Valid Until 
|h Court Acts — Myers 

idianapolis — Abram F. Myers, 

pnal Allied's general counsel, has 

|sed the ATO of Indiana that 

and three-year deals which ex- 

(Continued on Page 6) 

lOtva Taxpayers Urge 
City Amusement Tax 

Des Moines, la. — An amuse- 
lent admittance tax to provide rev- 
lue for cities, counties and school 
iStricts is being suggested by tax- 
jByers organizations with the pos- 
bility the next State Legislature 
ill 'be called upon to approve the 

J. L. Barclay, executive secretary 
■ the Woodbury County Taxpayers 
anference of Sioux City, proposes 
iiat cities be permitted to charge 
(1 amusement tax on each ticket 
»ld for any amusement enterprise 
r the rate of two cents each. Bar- 
lay suggests the revenue from the 
IX be distributed 20 per cent to 
se county, 40 per cent to the 
thools and 40 per cent to the city. 

Six main differences between the Gov- 
ernment's final proposed judgment, sub- 
mitted yesterday, and previous tentative 
proposals are noted in the documents. 
The differences are as follows: 

1. Consent decree standards for de- 
termining unreasonable clearance have 
been discarded and the continuance 
of existing clearance in favor of af- 
filiated theaters is enjoined in toto. 

2. The method of licensing films to 
be pursued by the defendants in the 
future has been modified by providing 
for compulsory licensing of some run 
or reasonable terms and limiting auction 
selling to exclusive runs. 

3. Provisions have been added to 
prohibit the licensing of more than 
six month";' releases at one time and to 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Those 'Capital Gains' 
Tax Bills Are Hear 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — The Bureau of In- 
ternal Revenue is "nearly ready" to 
star "billing" movie stars and pro- 
ducers, for allegedly illegal use of 
-apital gains taxes, it was indicated 
yesterday as a top Treasury expert 
n-iticized use of capital gains taxes 
to avoid the stiffer income levies. 

Noting the "temptation to frame 
transactions" so that they will come 
(Continued on Page 4) 

Proposed Judgment 
Gets MPTOA Okay 

Ban on Cross-Licensing Recommended by the Gov't 
In Its Proposed Judgment Submitted Yesterday To 
The Court; Proposed Ban To Remain For 10 years 

By AL STEEN Associate Editor, THE FILM DAILY 
Competitive bidding would be used only where an exhibitor 
desired an exclusive run, according to the proposed judgment in 
the New York equity case which was submitted by the Govern- 
ment to the court and the distribu- 
tor-defendants yesterday. Where an 
exclusive run is not wanted, the pic- 
ture must be offered to all theaters 
in a competitive area on reasonable 
terms, according to the document. 
The Government still wants 
complete divestiture of theaters, 
but as that order appears now to 
be remote in the present Statu- 
tory Court, the Department of 
(Continued on Page 5) 

Court to Pen Hew 
Arbitration Setup! 

Liquidation of the present arbitra- 
tion system is provided for in the 
Government's proposed judgment in 
the New York equity case, and, while 
a new system is not suggested, it 
(Continued on Page 4) 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Yesterday's pro- 
posed judgment, submitted to the 
New York court by the Department 
of Justice, was held satisfactory by 
MPTOA President Fred Wehrenberg, 
who declared that fundamental issues 
discussed in General Counsel Herman 
Levy's letter to the Department of 
Justice "had been adequately pro- 
vided for." 

At the same time. Levy and Wehr- 
enberg both pointed out that the 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Borkin, Trust Buster, 
Resigns from D of J 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Attorney General 
Tom C. Clark yesterday announced 
the resignation of Joseph Borkin, 
chief economic advisor and attorney 
in the anti-trust division and head of 
the Department's important policy 

Borkin, who has been in charge of 
(Continued on Page 6) 

SAG Will Cross Picket Lines 

Vote was 2,748 for to 509 Against 

Allied May File Info, on 
Parties "Back Of" ATA 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Allied States may 
file an information calling the New 
York court's attention to the parties 
'back of" ATA in case the court up- 
holds ATA's petition to intervene 
(Continued on Page 8) 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollyw^ood — By a Vote of 2,748 to 
509 the members of the Screen 
Actors Guild voted to ignore picket 
lines. In commenting on the result 
of the formal mail vote, Franchot 
Tone, first vice-prexy, said: 

"The actors have served notice on 
all concerned that they will not al- 
low the studios to be closed by 
(Continued on Page 8) 

Pittsburgh Strike Cuts 
Week-end Biz Up to 80% 

Business in downtown Pittsburgh 

was off over the week-end from 40 to 

as much as 80 per cent depending 

upon the attraction and the length 

(Continued on Page 4) 

Aronson Aide to 
MaaSf MPEA Manager 

Alexander S. Aronson was made 
assistant to Irving Maas, vice-prexy 
and general manager of the Motion 
Picture Export Association, it was 
announced yesterday. A veteran of 
more than 30 years in film sales and 
distribution, Aronson was engaged 
in export operations of American 
film throughout Europe, with head- 
quarters in London, since the early 
1930's. Prior to that, he was gen- 
eral representative for M-G-M in 
charge of Continental distribution. 


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Thomas Soriero, Industry 
Veteran, Killed in Fall 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Thomas D. Soriero, 
58, managing- director of the UA 
Theater, Los Angeles, for several 
years, was killed in a fall from the 
ninth floor of a Los Angeles office 
building. He was an industry vet- 
eran and opened a nickelodeon in 
Providence, R. I. 

In 1915, Soriero became general 
manager of the Louis B. Mayer The- 
aters in New England. Later was 
general manager of the Charles 
Whitehurt Theaters in Baltimore. 
He was also general manager of 
Universal Theaters. 

Later he was with the Comerford 
Circuit and at one time was Mid- 
South division manager of RKO The- 
aters. He j'oined the Skouras Broth- 
ers in 1932. 

Screen Extras Approve 
Pay Tilts Averaging 30% 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Retroactive pay in- 
creases averaging about 30 per cent 
were approved by the Screen Extras' 
Guild over the week-end in a 2,605 to 
151 vote. H. O'Neil iShanks, secre- 
tary of the group, an AFL affiliate, 
said the contract between the Guild 
and the major producing companies 
also provides for another pay in- 
crease if the official living-cost in- 
dex shows more than a 5 per cent 
rise in the current July 1-Jan. 1 per- 
iod. Back pay due extras, retroactive 
to Jan. 1, is estimated between $750,- 
000 and .$1,000,000. 

Ohio Governor Names 
Advisory Censor Board 

Columbus, O. — Appointment of a 
three-member advisory board to sit 
in on controversial motion pictures 
is announced by Gov. Frank J. 

Those named to the advisory board 
include Mrs. Lester M. Merritt, pres- 
ident of the Women's State Commit- 
tee of Women's Organizations; Dr. 
Anne B. Whitmer, instructor in 
English at Ohio State University 
and Rabbi Samuel M. Gup of Bry- 
den Road Temple. 

National Allied Officers 
At Indiana ATO Conclave 

Indianapolis — Jack Kirsch, Abram 
F. Myers, William Ain-worth and 
Sidney' E. Samuelson, all execs, of 
national Allied, will come hei-e Nov. 
19-20 to attend the annual conven- 
tion of the ATO of Indiana. 

Hollingshead Back on Job 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Gordon Hollingshead, 
chief of short subject production at 
Warners studio, returned to his desk 
yesterday after three weeks in St. 
Joseph's Hospital, Santa Ana, re- 
covering from burns received when 
his home caught fire. Mrs. Hollings- 
head remains in the hospital for at 
least another week. 

Defer Adion on 
Skouras St. Louis Bid 

St. Louis — Directors of the Am- 
bassador Co. and the Missouri The- 
ater Corp. adjourned yesterday sub- 
ject to call after considering the 
offer of Charles P. Skouras, presi- 
dent of Fox West Coast Theaters 
Corp., made personally and individ- 
ually to purchase at 100 cents on the 
dollar all of the outstanding funds 
secured by the Ambassador, Grand 
Central and Missouri Theater Build- 

Skouras, with his brothers Spyros 
P. Skouras and George P. Skouras 
and Clarence Turley, manager of the 
buildings, and secretary-treasurer of 
the St. Louis Amusement Co., guar- 
anteed the firm at the time they 
were issued. The original issues 
were underwritten by the S. W. 
Strauss Co. and went into default in 
1932. The properties were re-organ- 
ized in July 1934, by the bondholders' 
protective committee after fore- 
closure proceedings against the St. 
Louis Properties Corp. Two separate 
companies were organized to operate 
the buildings and the bondholders 
were given income bonds and voting 
trust certificates representing their 
share in the ownerships. 

Intem'l Tele Coverage 
Through Use of Films 

Announcement that NBC has made 
a deal with the British Broadcasting 
Co. for an exchange of newsreels for 
international television coverage 
gives impetus to the eventual tele 
coverage of the world. John Royal, 
tele chief at NBC, conducted the ne- 
gotiations while in Europe. 

First film exchange is expected to 
cover the inaugural voyage of the 
Queen Elizabeth from Southamp- 
ton to New York on Oct. 16. BBC 
camera crews will film the events of 
the sailing, broadcast them in Lon- 
don and then send them to New 

O'Hare Rites in Baltimore 

Baltimore — Funeral services were 
held here yesterday for Lawrence J. 
O'Hare, one of Baltimore's best 
known film operators who died sud- 
denly while vacationing in Massa- 
chusetts on Oct. 2. At the time 
of his death, he was employed with 
the Maryland Theatre, and previ- 
ously had been with the Stanley 
Theater and the National Theatre 
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TOM CONNORS planed out of Hollywood 
night for his desk at 20th-Fox. 

JULES LAPIDUS, Warner Northeast div 
manager, will be in Cleveland tomorrow, ret 
ing the following day to New York. 

BART SHERIDAN, magazine editor for < 
guard in Hollywood, has arrived here iof 

MEL FERRER, writer, director and pT< 
under contract to David 0. Selznick, an 
yesterday from the Coast. He will take in 
opening of "Cyrano de Bergerac," stage 
starring Jose Ferrer, which he directed. 

JAY COVE, head of sales development 
M-C-M, is back from a vacation at Nassau 

AMY SINCLAIR, of M-G-M's Kansas 
office has returned to her post after vacatio 
in the East. 

TOM GRADY, M-G-M field auditor, has 
turned from Boston. 

ANITA LOUISE arrives in New York toi 

MARK HELLINCER has returned to the C 

ASHER SHAW, former supervisor of t 
ciated Theaters Circuit, Detroit, is movini 

WOOD SOANES, film and drama critic of 
Oakland, Calif., Tribune, is stopping af 

GOVAN, lA delegates, are in Chicago for 
AFL convention. 

PAT SOMERSET, of Hollywood, and P 
DULLZELL, of New York, are in Chicago 
the AFL convention. 

Century Execs. Will Attei 
"Extra Profits Conventior 

Possibilities of extra profits 
chain theater operation will be c 
lined today to home office execs., 
trict managers and theater manag 
of the Century Circuit, Inc., by L 
lie R. Schwartz, head of Andre 
Inc., Century's added-income d 
sion, in a full-day session at 

A. A. Hovell, Century prexy, ii 
welcome the group to the "Ex 
Profits Convention," and will int 
duce Vice-prexy Fred J. Schwa: 
who will explain how Andrews' pi j 
its will figure in employe bonuses! 

J. R. Springer, general thea 
manager, will show how extra pro i 
act as a "competition equalizer," ; 
correlate such a view with "supei 
theater operation." 

Also slated to address the gr( 
are: Martin Newman, Century cor 
troller; I. Shaffer, president of M: 
lard Corporation, and regional m( 
ber of the National Council 
Candy; Philip Rubinstein, aide 
the president of Coca-Cola, K 
York, and Jack Stamaton, head 
the National Merchandising Corf I 

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Tuesday, October 8, 194 

Those 'Capital Gains' 
Tax Bills Are Near 

(Continued from Page 1) 

under the capital gains rates, Stanley 
S. SuiTey, tax legislative counsel of 
the Treasury, said: 

"One aspect under the present 
favorable capital gains rate— cer- 
tainly highly favorable in comparison 
to the regular tax rates — is the temp- 
tation to frame transactions, ordin- 
arily resulting in fully taxable in- 
come, so that they will instead fall 
within the capital gains provision. 

"Where the law provides a 'basket' 
offering a special tax rate lower by 
far than the generally prevailing 
rate, a taxpayer's exercise of inge- 
nuity to come within that basket is 

"We see movie stars going into the 
motion picture business and organiz- 
ing their own companies, with — we 
suspect — the chief motive of convert- 
ing ordinary compensation into capi- 
tal gain." 

While admitting that "in some in- 
stances" that some income might 
merit some relief, Surrey stated that 
for the most part this should not in- 
clude the "over-generous relief of the 
capital gains rate." 

"The presence of that low rate as 
the sole alternative to the high reg- 
ular rate," he said, "forces the all 
or nothing choice." 

Surrey's address was made before 
the American Institute of Account- 

Meanwhile a BIE spokesman ad- 
mitted that the Bureau was "nearly 
ready" to start billing stars and pro- 
ducers for allegedly illegal use of 
capital gains taxes. 

Proposed D of J 
Judgment Changes 

(Continued from Page 1) 
prohibit licensing for exhibition more 
than 30 days after availability. 

4. Future expansion of major de- 
fendants' theater interests is uncondi- 
tionally prohibited as is their acquisi- 
tion of independent theater interests 
upon dissolution of existing pools. 

5. Major defendants would be for- 
bidden to license films to an from each 
other for a 10-year period. 

6. Arbitration as a method of a de- 
cree enforcement has been omitted. 

From Lincoln to Lenox 

Springfield, O. — The Lincoln has 
been renamed the Lenox. 


Ted Hadley 

Oct. 8 

James M. Brennan 


Tuesday's Tattlings 

• • • THE PERSONAL TOUCH: Ned Depinet left Paris Sundoy 

lor Switzerland He returns to Paree later in the week, leaves again 

on the 13th for a motor trip thru Northern France, Luxembourg, Holland 

and Belgium, and flies home from Brussels on the 16th Neil Ag- 

new and Sam Dembow are now in Paris And Nate Spingold and 

Joe McConville have just departed from there. ... • Ernesto Lecuona, 
foremost Latin-American composer of the day, will be guest of honor at 
a cocktail party hosted by Edward B. Marks Music Co. in Louis Sherry's 
Gold Room on Oct. 17. . . . • Hal Home returns to Hollywood in the 
next few days to orgcmize a second unit ■which will shoot location footage 
for Story Prods.' "This Side of Innocence" in the vicinity of Buffalo. . . . 

• Walter Wanger and Joan Bennett train out for the Coast on Thurs- 
day, return here on the 20th to sail on the Elizabeth for London on the 

24th Oversees trip is to participate in the British Dramatic Trade 

Benevolent Fund conunand performcmce. ... • Sam Wood would 
seem to have something in his proposal to the Academy that it establish 
an "Oscar" for the person making the outstanding contribution to the 
cause of good Americanism, either thru writing, directing, producing, 
acting or specialized work. ... • Delmor, Del., folks still talking about 
Robert Cummings' p. a. there last week when he served as a grocery- 
clerk lor a day Seems as how he was "won" in a radio contest. 

T T T 

• • • WISE AND SMART CENTURY CIRCUIT, which has de- 
veloped the movie-guide weekly mailing piece into something cd a fine 
art, has added something new in the way of text, a mighty readable 

and interesting column, 'The Century Plcmt" It's credited to Senn 

Shuree, which, if Phil M. is not mistaken, is a literary alias adopted 

by the ciruit's new advertising-publicity chief, Ed Schreiber New 

column has exactly the right touch — cmiusing, light Adroitly de- 
signed to tighten the liaison between Century and the cash customers, 

Phil M. has a hunch it will not only do that but more Incidentally, 

it might be pointed out that program columns such as "The Century 
Plcmt" upon occasion can do a whale of a public relations job for the 
industry Which undoubtedly occurred to Ed, erstwhile WAC pub- 

T T T 

• • • GIGGLE OF THE WEEK: Catch "A Bit of Blarney," of Uni- 
versal's Sing and Be Happy short series, now at the Loew's Criterion 

and don't miss the list of names used for the characters Incidentolly, 

Phil M. caught the short at the first showing on opening day, and when 
audiences applaud and laugh at that time of the morning — you can say 
it again Mr. McEvoy 

▼ ▼ , ▼ 

• • • INDLANA COUNTRY COUSIN?: Looks as though Jim Mason, 
the exhibitor sage of Cherry Valley, whose letters add spice to Pete J. 
Wood's Ohio ITO bulletins, has a country cousin in IncUana Cur- 
rent ATOI bulletin starts off with a letter from Abner Poppin of the 
Little Theater, Pinhook, Ind., in which Abner drows a verbal bead on 
a "feller named Johnston" who addressed Allied's Boston convention. 

T T T 

• • • IT'S A NEW SHOW BE DEPT.: Waller Reade's new Park 
Ave. Theater will have a becrutician on duty in the ladies' lounge, which, 
by the way, -will be done in a pink motif, with dusty rose carpeting and 
pink leatherette walls 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• • • WHAT'S IN A NAME DEPT.: The cashier of the Mayfair. 
Miami, who has been held up three times in less than nine months is 
JOY Rodney 

T ▼ T 

Court to Pen New 
Arbitration Setup! 

(Continued from Page 1) 

was learned yesterday that the co 
may draft a new method of arbit 
tion to supplant the one estal^ "' 
by the New York consent deci^ 

It was pointed out by the i3 
ernment that the "Little Three" 1 
refused to submit to arbitration i 
the "Big Five" allegedly are will 
to continue its financing of the s 
tem in order to avoid "drastic relit 

"Under these circumstances," : 
Government wrote, "there was ' 
occasion for the submission of ' 
arbitration proposal by us and ■ 
have accordingly provided for ' 
liquidation of the present system £ ' 
decree-enforcing device. 

■'In our view, no arbitration sysl ' 
may serve as the means of enforc | 
a final decree in this case in ; j 
event. Arbitration might well 
adapted to the administration of 
established system of trade prac 
control, but it does not appear to 
to be an admissable solution to 
problem posed by this suit since 
illegal system outlined in the cou 
opinion may be terminated only b 
drastic elimination of establis 
trade practices." 

Pittsburgh Strike Cuts 
Week-end Biz Up to 80% 

(Continued from Page 1) 
of run, due to the current strik(, 
the Employes Independent Unioi. 
the Duquesne Light and Power 
it was reported here yesterday i 
circuit heads operating theaten 
that area. 

Although the transportation st 
has effected a loss in business 
wages of approximately $1,000 , 
daily, the neighborhood theaters 
i-eported to be holding their c. 
Theater and exchange employes 
managing to get to their P; 
through car pooling arrangeme. 
It is expected ttiat the strike i- 
be settled within the week, ace 
ing to a wire received here yes 
day by one of the theater executi 


HERBERT CROOKER, publicity msr 
for M-G-M, is recuperating at St. C 
Hospital following an emergency appert 
tomy over the week-end. 

GEORGE W. ERDMANN, secretar, 
the Cleveland Motion Picture Exhit 
Ass:ciation, who is ill at Sunny t 
Sanitorium, is re|>orted on the mend. 

LOUIS FAVA, 20th-Fox shipper, Da 
is recuperating following an operatici 
stomach ulcers. 

HARVEY SUMMERS, Paramount em 
at Omaha, has entered the hospital 
lowing a heart attack. 

ARTHUR D. KNAPP, 20th-Fox D< 
salesman, is recuperating at White i 
Hotel, Gainesville, Fla., from a serious 

Sbay, October 8, 1946 



jivestiture Cure for Chief Gov^t Objections 

hplete Divorcement 
a Harsh and Unnec- 
iary for the Present 

IN (Continued from Page 1) 
I -ice asks for a ban on cross- 
■^msing; that is, one defendant 
uld be prohibited from licens- 
• its product to a theater of 
other defendant. 

his memoi-andum, Robert L. 
'ht, special assistant to the At- 
"y General, told the court, in 
lance, that without the ban on 
i-licensing the present alleged 
ipolistic situation would be un- 
ited by the court's recommenda- 

e Government asked that the 

Five" be enjoined from licens- 
Droduct in each other's theaters 

period of 10 years, starting one 

after the entry of the final de- 
At the end of the 10-year pe- 

the defendants could move for 


e Government proposed that the 

idants be enjoined from prac- 

contained in 11 points. They 
■lid be enjoined, the Government 
I. From granting any license 

which minimum prices are 

12. From agreeing with each 
filer or exhibitors er distribu- 
•s to maintain a system of 

3. From granting any clear- 
ce between theaters not in 
bstantial competition. 

4. From granting clearance 
: ainst theaters in substantial 

mpetition with theaters receiv- 
? the license for exhibition in 
=cess of what is reasonably 
^cessary to protect the licensee 
' the run granted. 

5. From enforcing existing 
reements which grant clear- 
ce to any theater not its own 

which a defendant owns a di- 

:t or indirect financial interest 
more than five per cent. 
16. From further performing 
^y existing franchise to which 
) is a party and from making 
jy future franchises. 

7. From further performing 
Irmula or master agreements 

cept such agreements as may 
;ve been made after the de- 

ndant had offered films li- 
'nsed to theaters operated in 


.eveland — Jack Sogg, M-G-M 
■ich manager, became a grand- 
er when a six-pound son was 
. to his daughter, Mrs. Gloria 
'S Albert, at Mount Sinai Hos- 

(eveland — Heni-y Barden, owner 
he Superior Theatre and Mrs. 
den have announced the arrival 
i son, Bryan Stanford Barden. 

Who's Veda? Who's Vesta? ? 

A twin picture is not a double bill. It's like "Dark Mirror." So when you 
got a twin picture you gotta get twin press agents. For that purpose you get, 
like Universal-international, Veda and Vesta Ryker, identical twins from 
Hollywood, fly them to LaGuardia and have 10 pairs of identical twins greet 
them while fotogs blaze away without double exposure, like the wag says. 

Then they'll probably send them around to confound editors. 

But befcre that you think up a gimmick like the New York Society of 
Identical Twins and while the idea smoulders under the scalp you also spot 
a couple of hot ads in the daily press and comes Monday morning the U-l 
switchboard is swamped with calls from look-alikers. The first half hour 300 
calls. Then they came in a flood. You have to change your number when it 
catches on. 

competition with those covered 
by the agreement in a manner 
which permitted such theaters 
to compete on a theater-by-the- 
ater basis with theaters covered 
by these agreements for the 
privilege of exhibiting such 
films and from such future deals. 

8. From performing licenses 
conditioning one picture on an- 
other. If the pictures have not 
been tradeshown prior to a deal 
for more than one picture, the 
licensee is to be given the right 
to reject 25 per cent of the pic- 
tures not tradeshown prior to 
the licensing, to be exercised in 
the order of release within 10 
days after there has been an op- 
portunity for the licensee to in- 
spect it. 

9. From licensing any film 
more than six months in ad- 
vance of its release. 

10. From offering films for li- 
cense in any theater not its own 
in any manner except the fol- 
lowing : 

(a) A license to exhibit each 
film released for public exhibi- 
tion shall be offered upon rea- 
sonable terms for some run to 
the operator of each theater 
which desires to exhibit it; 

(b) Where a run is desired 
upon terms which exclude simul- 
taneous exhibition in competing 
theaters, it shall be offered to 
the competing exhibitors in- 
volved having a theater ade- 
quate to show the picture upon 
such a run and granted to the 
highest responsible bidder, pro- 
vided that such exclusive run 
does not unreasonably restrict 
competition in the area covered. 

(c) Each license shall be 
granted solely upon the merits 
without discrimination in favor 
of afiiliates, old customers or 
any person whatsoever. 

(d) Each license is to be 
taken theater-by-theater and 

(e) Each license s'hall specify 
a date of availability of a print 
for a run licensed and provide 
that such run shall commence 
within 30 days after such avail- 

11. From combining, conspir- 
ing or agreeing with each other 
or with any exhibitor or distrib- 
utor to eliminate competition 

among themselves or with others 

in any manner whatsoever. 

The "Big Five" would be enjoined 
1. From making or continuing 
pooling agreements; (2) from mak- 
ing or continuing to perform agree- 
ments that the parties may not ac- 
quire other theaters in a competitive 
area where a pool operates without 
first offering them for inclusion in 
the pool; (3) from making or con- 
tinuing leases of theaters under 
which it leases any of its theaters 
to another defendant or to an inde- 
pendent operating a theater in the 
same competitive area in return for 
a share of the profits; (4) from con- 
tinuing to own or acquiring any ben- 
eficial interest in any theater where 
such interest shall be greater than 5 
per cent, unless such interest shall 
be 95 per cent or more. An existing 
relationship which violates this shall 
be terminated within two years and 
shall be dissolved by the sale of the 
defendant's interest to a non-de- 
fendant. One defendant may ac- 
quire an interest of another if the 
court first finds that the acquisition 

Distributors Enjoined 
From Expanding Pres- 
ent Theater Holdings 

will promote competition in exhibi- 
tion. Each defendant shall submit 
to the court within 90 days a state- 
ment outlining the extent to which 
it has complied or intends to comply. 

Expansion Enjoined 

(5) From expanding present hold- 
ing in any manner; (6) from op- 
erating, booking or buying for any 
of its theaters through any agent 
also acting- for other exhibitors, af- 
filiated or independent, and (7) from 
cross-licensing for a period of 10 

The Government pointed out that 
the provisions of the consent decree 
had expired, except to conclude 
pending arbitration and financial 
obligations of the defendants and the 
American Arbitration Association. 
Existing awards and those made pur- 
suant to the pending proceedings 
should continue in force if consistent 
with the decree. The Government 
further said that for compliance 
of the decree only, the D of J should 
have reasonable access to the de- 
fendants' books and be permitted to 
intei'view their officers. 

The proposed findings follow the 
pattern of previous findings of the 
Government, involving price fixing, 
maintaining high prices in the de- 
fendants' theaters, unreasonable 
clearance and restraining trade in 

As to divorcement, the D of J 
wrote : 

"Divestiture, while not ipso facto 
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Tuesday, October 8, 

Borkin, Trust Buster, 
Resigns from Dot J 

(Continued from Page 1) 
the Government's Scophony tele- 
vision case and who was largely in- 
strumental in the department filing a 
new suit in the New York equity 
case, will open his own offices in 
Washington as economic consultant. 

In a letter accepting Borkin's 
resignation, Attorney General Clark 
lauded the attorney's anti-trust work 
and recalled the "high praise be- 
stowed on you by President Roose- 
velt" several years ago. 

Close advisor to many of Washing- 
ton's Government leaders, Borkin 
acted as liaison to then Senator 
Truman when the Truman Commit- 
tee was created. Borkin organized 
and took charge of the presentation 
of the international cartel evidence 
before the committee. 

Known as a top expert in the tele- 
vision and motion picture fields, Bor- 
kin also was in charge of the pre- 
cedent-making ERPI investigation 
several years ago. 

Borkin entered the anti-trust divi- 
sion in April, 1938, as chief of the 
patent unit. In this position he in- 
itiated and took charge of the inves- 
tigation of patent abuses and cartels. 
In May, 1939, President Roosevelt 
recognized his work in this field and 
in a letter to Borkin said: "A large 
part of credit for the success of the 
glass patents and beryllium (carte) 
hearings before the Temporary Na- 
tional Economic Committee is due to 
the enthusiasm and energy of a 
group of really young men working 
under your direction." 

Borkin is co-author of "Television, 
a Struggle For Power," a book 
analyzing the problems of the mo- 
tion picture, radio and newspaper in- 
terests in television; co-author of 
"Germany's Master Plan." 

Among his monographs are "Pat- 
ent Abuses, Compulsion to License 
and Recent Decisions," Columbia 
Law Review, July, 1943, and "Patents 
and New Trust Problems," Law and 
Contemporary Problems, Duke Uni- 


Awards on Tliursdi 

"Out of the Ruins" 

NFB of Canada 29 Mins. 

Timely and Vital 

During World War II, Greece be- 
came a battleground for the Western 
powers and was devastated. The 
film depicts how Greece, with the 
held of UNRRA, is slowly finding its 
way back to peace and a normal 
existence. How the organization is 
combating hunger, disease and how 
they are trying to bring about eco- 
nomic and political rehabilitation is 
also shown. A timely, vital problem 
handled in a factual, informative 
way and highlighted by a few extra- 
ordinary montages, it should be in- 
teresting to any adult audience. 

"Fliclcer Flashbaclcs" 

(No. 1) 

RKO 9 Mins. 

Very Funny 

Clever narration by Knox Manning 
is only half the fun in this burlesque 
of the oldies. Footage from two pic- 
tures is dealt with: first is "Wages 
of Sin" or "Hounded By Fate." Sec- 
ond, featuring Lionel Barrymore, 
Henry B. Walthall and Mae Marsh is 
called "The Wanderer." While the 
principals in both cases give out with 
all sorts of emotionalism, quips are 
flying through the sound track which 
should please any audience. 

"World Food Problem" 

(March of Time) 

20th-Fox 17 Mins. 

Provokes Thought 

Despite post - war rehabilitation, 
many countries of the world are fam- 
ine and pestilence ridden. This MOT 
brings into focus the important work 
of UNRRA, whose chief aim is to 
combat and solve these problems. A 
proportionate chart of individual 
countries' contributions is shown, be- 
sides an insight into the American 
food conservation program which 
was highlighted by the "Chiquita 
Banana" song. A subject of interna- 
tional importance adequately pack- 
aged and presented for theatergoing 

"Mr. Wright Goes Wrong" 

Columbia 19 Mins. 


In the face of the present hotel 
room crisis people try anything to 
get a room. Sterling Holloway takes 
over a friend's identity to get his, 
but such troubles as a charge for 
hitting a cop, several c.o.d. packages, 
and a jealous husband come with it. 
After many situations, some fun, 
some com, the mix-up is straight- 
ened out. Should rate as average en- 


Minneapolis — Elnora Grismer, in- 
spectress at M-G-M, will be married 
to Harold Carlson here on Oct. 26. 

Detroit — Edward C. Carrow, own- 
er of the Lyons Theater at South 
Lyons, and Ruth McGregor of Na- 
tional Theatre Supply staff', have 
announced their approaching mar- 

Horne Signs Bercovici 
To Script "Innocence" 

Leonardo Bercovici has been 
signed by Hal ' Horne to do the 
screenplay on "This Side of Inno- 
cence" for Story Productions of 
which Horne is board chairman. Ber- 
covici recently completed the script 
on "The Bishop's Wife" for Samuel 
Goldwyn and, in collaboration, on 
"Moss Rose," the book for which 
Darryl Zanuck is reported to have 
paid the highest price in picture an- 

Horne is now in New York to com- 
plete a distribution deal and will 
return to Hollywood in the next few 
days to huddle with Bercovici. 

Term Deals Valid Until 
High Court Acts — Myers 

(Continued from Page 1) 

hibs. in this territory entered into in 
1945 with Universal and Columbia 
are valid "until the pending Govern- 
ment suit goes through the wringer 
of the Supreme Court." 

Brandt, Slate, Brody 
Join Stoltz PRC Staff 

versity Law School, Winter, 1940. 
Borkin contributed to "Stock Market 
Control" and "The Security Mar- 
kets," two volumes published by the 
Twentieth Century Fund. 

In a letter to Borkin, Assistant At- 
torney General Wendell Berge said 
he learned of the attorney's resigna- 
tion with the "deepest regret." 

"I also want to tell you," Berge 
wrote, "how much I have appreciated 
the signal contribution you have 
made to the work of the Department, 
and your loyalty and devotion to the 
cause for which we have been fight- 
ing. I shall always especially recall 
your unusually able analysis of the 
relationships between patents, car- 
tels and anti-trust laws. The initial 
studies which you made in this field 
some years back form the basis of 
much of our work, and your conclu- 
sions have been strongly supported 
by the court decisions in this field in 
recent cases." 

Arnold Stoltz, PRC's national 
director of advertising and publicity, 
announced yesterday the appoint- 
ment of Leon Brandt who will be in 
charge of exploitation in the Chicago 
area. Brandt for the past two years 
was UA's exploitation man in charge 
of all New York openings and pre- 
mieres. Lige Brien is in charge of 
PRC's national exploitation. 

Marie Slate, formerly of Universal 
and 20th Century-Fox, and Leo 
Brody, for five years with Para- 
mount, have joined PRC's publicity 
department under George Eraser, 
publicity manager. 

Miss Slate will write newspaper 
and syndicate features and handle 
contacts. Brody will be assigned to 
fan magazine contacts. 

Fred Boyd Dead 

Indianapolis — Fred Boyd. 60 
manager at the Ritz, dropped dead 
in his home. Death was caused by 
heart disease. 

Sebring Dixie Sold 

Sebring, Fla.— The Dixie, a Negro 
theater, has been sold by Gerald Bee 
to Morris Frindlin, who will operate. 

Important contributions to tl 
velopment of television as a s( 
and commercial utility will be i 
nized officially by the Tele 
Broadcasters Association Thi 
night at a banquet highlightir 
two-day conference at the Wai 
Astoria. A series of Awards of 
will be presented by the awards 
mittee of which Paul Raibourn, 
ident of Television Productions, 
and vice-president of Paramoun 
tures, is chairman. 

The conference opens Thu] 
with a full program of events c 
terest to the television indv 
Problems which a new tele b 
caster must face in establishin 
operating organization will be 
cussed by Theodore C. Strei 
president of Bamberger Broad 
ing Service, who will serve as 

Dan D. Halpin of RCA ^' 
Division of RCA, will talk on 
Opportunities in Television," 
Harry Houston, personnel ma 
of the Allen B. DuMont Laborat 
is to speak on "Where to Find 
Personnel." James D. McLeai 
General Electric Co., is slated to 
on "Equipment Today and To: 
row." F. J. Bingley of Philco i; 
to speak on "Relaying Problem 
Television." Helen Rhodes of WP 
Schenectady, will give her view 
"Studio Audiences in Television. 

A first-hand account of the 
vision installation at Bikini 1- 
during the atom bomb tests wil 
given at Thursday's opening ses 
by Arthur F. Van Dyke of RCA 1 
oratories, who witnessed the ins 

Managers of seven television 
tions now operating in New "i 
City, Schenectady, Philadelphia, i 
cago and Los Angeles will par 
pate in panel discussions on "Sti 
of Television Station Operations' 
the Friday afternoon session. T 
will describe their present activi 
and will tell of future planning 
network operations become a c 
mercial reality regionally and If 

A top speaker at one of the : 
sions will be Merlin H. Ayleswo 
former president and co-foundei 
National Broadcasting Co., a j 
chairman of the board of RKO Rs' 
Pictures and executive of 
Scripps - Howard newspapers 
will talk on "The Effect of T.' 
vision on Newspapers." 

De Rochemont to Speak 
At First Film Forum 

John Gassner, author and f 
critic, will preside over the series 
Film Forums for pix persom 
starting tonight, at the Barbiz^ 
Plaza Hotel. Meetings will be c 
tinned for six consecutive Tuesda 

Louis de Rochemont, 20th-Fox p 
ducer, will be the first speaker. 

Hay, October 8, 1946 

posed Judgment 
Is MPTOA Okay 

I (Continued from Page 1) 

i}A, in its sessions here today 
iiomorrow, will re-examine the 
}:ement question. In June and 
i\ ^th board meetings decided to 
itgr in opposition to a Govern- 
:!drive for divorcement, but Levy 
:j;d out yesterday that the pres- 
isssion is a much larger and 
jimportant meeting. 
■ Wehrenberg Gratified 
prenberg expressed his gratifi- 
j that the Department meets 
'iroblems of overbuying, over- 
■g and operation at a loss — all 
ij'le under the originally pro- 
-| auction - selling suggestions. 
"l objections, he said, are met by 
"proposed prohibition against 
\ng films more than six months 
*i and for licensing more than 
bs after availability. 
lis letter of last week Levy had 
^jhat the proposed auction bid- 
i plan would mean "greater 
i for producers and distributors 
iiigher admission prices for 
is. The independent theater 
or, the forgotten middle-iTian, 
ave to spend his time and en- 
jjrying to keep his profit at its 
ij;r level without increasing ad- 
iln prices to a point where his 
i|.age will start a downward 

"I "Some Run" Covered 
pfther objection in Levy's letter 
hat the court's decision in- 
\', no guarantee of "some run," 
I:' been provided in the old con- 
t lecree. Yesterday's proposals 
1-1 Government cover this point, 
jinberg said, referring to the 
jial that "a license to exhibit 
! i;lm released for public exhibi- 
fliall be offered upon reasonable 
jifor some run to the operator 
kh theater which desires to ex- 

I Government proposal of a 25 
ent cancellation clause was 
jitly satisfactory to -MPTO'A, 
toberg said -— recalling that 
iiad asked in his letter for only 
(er cent clause. 

'question of cross-licensing and 

new decree proposals will be 

"1 during the two-day meet, 

flnberg said, with his comments 


FILMS, INC., New York City, dis- 

motion picture films, capital $20,000 

shares, three shares subscribed. In- 

a at Albany by John |. Tarpey, jr., 

A. Dunn, Leonore Jacobson. 

.A. C. ENTERPRISES, INC., Baldwin, 

iital of 200 shares no par value stock, 

:p3res subscribed, to produce theatrical, 

operatic, moving pictures, etc. in- 

d at Albany by Anna Poltronieri, Ed- 

oltronieri, Raymond J. Poltronieri. 

i 3 FILM CORP., New York City, with 

■f $20,000 in $100 shares, three shares 
i, to distribute motion pictures. In- 
kl at Albany by Fred C. Sanders, Naomi 

Hleonard Daniels. 

Doil Proposals '^Fail Short^^ 

But Myers Sees Gov^t ^'Tightening Up'' 

yesterday had general praise for the 
Department of Justice's new decree 
proposals although terming them 
still "far short" of an equitable solu- 

He singled out features of the D 
of J's "streamlined" bidding sugges- 
stions, the inclusion of "some run" 
guarantees and the ban on cross- 
licensing as examples of a "tighten- 
ing up" of the Government's decree 

At the same time, Myers revealed 
details of CIEA's letter urging At- 
torney General Tom C. Clark to 
"insist" that bidding be on a flat 
rental basis. 

CIEA Will File Brief 

Myers also stated that CIEA will 
file a brief amicus curiae with the 
court by Oct. 21. 

Still sticking to its total divorce- 
ment guns, CIEA, in its letter to 
Clark said, "We can see no injustice 
to the defendants in requiring an all 
dollars and cents basis instead of a 
purely speculative basis. 

"Any attempt at awarding films to 
the highest bidder by pre-determin- 
ing the distributors' share on a per- 
centage engagement will pave the 
way for the defendants to continue 
the discriminatory practices in favor 
of the affiliated theaters which the 
court has condemned," CIEA said. 

Commenting on the Government's 
new decree proposals, Myers said the 
new bidding suggestions were a "con- 
siderable" improvement over those 
contained in the court's opinion. He 
said in general limiting auction sell- 
ing to "exclusive" runs would "help 
break down the lazy practice of 
many exhibitors who seem to want 
to forget .showmanship and old- 
fashioned exploitation methods and 
run to the distributor and complain 

(Confinued from Page 1) 

about the clearance of his competi- 

Exclusive Runs Not Essential 

He said the D of J's proposals 
rightly could be called "sharing the 
run." He agreed with the Govern- 
ment's position that exclusive runs 
are not essential to the industry. 

Myers said compulsory licensing 
of "some run" on reasonable terms 
actually would mean more money to 

He backed Government proposals 
for a ban on cross-licensing, com- 
menting that "if we have to put up 
with auction selling, the feature must 
be included." 

In CIEA's letter to Clark, the 
group said the ban on cross-licensing 
is a "necessary safeguard to any 
system of competitive bidding." 

"If the Statutory Court," CIEA 
said, "shall remain adamant that 
competitive bidding is an adequate 
substitute for total divestiture, then 
the way is open for the Attorney Gen- 
eral to propose safeguards and 
amendments to the court's plan 
against the possibility, however re- 
mote, that the plan may pass muster 
in the Supreme Court and some day 
become operative." 

Commenting on the flat rental 

to be withheld until after board dis- 

No Highest Bid Specifications 

On the question of auction-selling, 
Wehrenberg said it was his opinion 
the Department of Justice refused to 
specify means for determining which 
are the highest bids in order to leave 
the entire question up to the distrib- 
utors. With the distrib. proposals 
before them, he added, it will then 
be up to the Department to indicate 
its attitude toward these proposals. 

"The distributors have their 11- 
point plan, and I can't discuss it in 
detail now," he said, "but I can tell 
you one of those points has got to be 
consideration of the reputation and 
standing of men in the business 

Queried about the CIEA proposal 
that the auction-selling be on the 
basis of a flat sum only, with no 
formula for balancing seating capa- 
city, prices, run, etc., against per- 
centages, Wehrenberg snorted, "We 
intend to confine ourselves in these 
deliberations to fields of reasonable 

"U", Bell & Howell 
In New 16 mm. Deal 

(Continued from Page 1) 

or operate jointly with the Chicago 
company. Bell & Howell's personnel 
will remain intact. 

It was reported that a new com- 
pany to operate the new enterprise 
would be formed and that E. L. Mc- 
Evoy, short subjects sales manager, 
would be in charge. 

method, CIEA said: 

"The decision will at once make 
unnecessary certain qualifying pro- 
visions which are pertinent only to 
percentage deals and which afford 
the opportunity for the practice of 
discrimination in the granting of 
licenses. Since no fiduciary relation- 
ship is created and the fixed rental is 
payable on the barrel-headj there will 
be no occasion to weight the 'respon- 
sibility' of the bidders and it no 
longer will be necessary to consider 
whether the bidder has a theater 
'adequate to show a picture on such 

"While the court condemned and 
ordered the termination of the joint 
ownership of theaters between the 
defendants and other exhibitors, it 
failed to take note of the partner- 
ships with independent exhibitors 
(Continued on Page 8) 



and a cast of hundreds 

Original Screen Play by George PlymptoR, Harry Fraser and Lewis Clay 
Produced by SAM KATZMAN • Directed by DERWIN ABRAHAMS 


Tuesday, October ii 

Reds Boycott U. S. 
Pix at Cannes Fete 

Cannes, France (By Cable) — So- 
viet-American tension spread from 
the Paris Conference to the French 
government-sponsored International 
Film Festival. 

The Russians not only boycotted 
U. S. films, but even showed open 
American animosity at the festival. 
Breach was broadened further when 
Ru5sian delegates deliberately ar- 
ranged banquets timed in opposition 
to showings of American pictures. 

The French press, noting Russian- 
instigated dissension, ad\ised read- 
ers to stay away from Russian films. 
American reps, forwarded their pro- 
tests to the general director of the 

"The Lost Week-End" was judged 
as best American film for the past 
year. Star Ray Milland received 
special honors. Walt Disney's "Make 
Mine Music" won a prize for ani- 
mated films. 

Though no award — for diplomatic 
reasons — was given for the single 
best film, by common accord a grand 
international prize was granted to 
the French production, "The Battle 
of the Rails," story of French rail- 
road workers' resistance during Nazi 

Michele Morgan won individual 
honors for her role in the French 
film, "Pastoral Symphony." 

Other prize winners: Noel Cow- 
ard's "Brief Encounter" as best 
British film of the year; "Maria 
Santelaria," Mexico's best. M. Thir- 
skov took honors for Russia as the 
author of the best scenario, "Decisive 
Turning." First prize for film com- 
posing went to Frenchman Georges 
.\uric, who composed music for Eng- 
lish-made "Caesar and Cleopatra," 
and for tw-o French productions, 
"Pastoral Symphony" and "Beauty 
and the Beast." 

Nineteen countries were repre- 
sented at the Festival. 

3t air ship Aids Police 
In Hunt for Lost Boy 

Once again M-G-M's Mairship 
has proved its worth far above the 
advertising it has been doing on 
"The Yearling." 

Co-operating with Police Chief 
Arthur Temple, the crew of the 
Mairship yesterday joined in the 
hunt over New Jersey's Sacaucus 
swamps searching for two-year-old 
Douglas K ensmund, lost for four 
days. Mairship's radio kept in con- 
stant touch with the police while 
flying over swamps inaccessible by 

Only five weeks ago, Sept. 2 the 
Mairship rescued eight passengers 
aboard the helpless 32-foot cabin 
Tuiser Man-Pat-Jim, six miles off 
Sjndy Hook. 

t J tile Headlines: 

AT LEAST 50 PER CENT of Mark Heliinger's next pic for Universal-International will be 

shot in New York, with many scenes taken directly in the police department's homicide 

squad. The squad, its offices and files have been made available to Heilinger by Mayor 

Dwyer and Cmmissioner Wallender to provide a pic which will be a crime deterrent. 

j Maivin Wald, who will do the story, arrives this week from the Coast for research 

I work. 

"CLOAK AND DAGGER," first United States Pictures production for Warners, 
equalled the all-time house record in its opening week-end at the New York Strand. 

TWENTIETH -FOX'S three releases for November will embrace "My Darling Clemen- 
tine," "Margie" and "Wanted For Murder." 

ERIC A. JOHNSTON, MPAA president and a member of the OWMR advisory board, 
directed by the President to study the whole wage-price policy, over the week-end 
called for the end of Government contrcls, and said, "the Wage Stabilization Board is 
dead. It needs only to be buried." 

fessionals have been invited to attend a special discussicn meeting at the Cort Theater, 
Oct. 20, to discuss various plans which have been submitted to correct existing abuses in 
the disposition of literary work. 

FOUR 20-FOX TOPPERS — Spyros P. Skouras, Tom Connors, Joseph M. Schenck and 
Darryl F. Zanuck — huddled at the studio at the week-end on distribution plans, both 
in the U. S. and India, for "The Razor's Edge." 

RAYMOND MYERSON succeeds Allan Brill as Natco general sales manager. 

SAG Votes to Cross Gov't Asl(s Bids on 
tudio Piclcet Lines Exclusive Runs Only 

(Continued from Page 1) 

picket lines in jurisdictional dis- 
putes. Closing of the studios would 
not solve the jurisdictional quari'el. 
The Guild will continue its deter- 
mined campaign to have the AFL 
set up arbitration machinery for the 
quick settlement of jurisdictional 
quarrels between unions before such 
quarrels result in work stoppages 
or strikes." 

Token forces were maintained at 
all studios except Republic where 
200 strikers gathered at the two 
entrances. Later in the day the Re- 
public pickets had dwindled to less 
than 150. 

AFL Ruling May Stymie 
Hearing Actors "Caravan" 

Chicago — It is understood that all 
resolutions to be considered by the 
American Federation of Labor con- 
vention here must be presented in 
writing 30 days before the conven- 
tion meets. If this is correct, the 
movie "caravan" which came on 
from Hollywood to urge the AFL to 
set up machinei-j' to settle jurisdic- 
tional disputes may have difficulty 
in getting their appeal heard. 

Richard F. Walsh, lATSE prexy, 
here for the convention, and the lA 
delegates attending — William Raoul, 
Gene Atkinson, Tom Vincent Greene 
and Mike Manogovan — said the lA 
would not leave the AFL unless 
forced to do so by the AFL itself. 
They expressed the belief that such 
action by the AFL was improbable. 

Pat Somerset of Hollywood and 
Paul Dullzell of Actors Equity are 
here for the convention, as is Bob 
Montgomery. Holly^vood stars here 
include Walter Pidgeon, Robert Tay- 
lor, Gene Kelly, George Murphy, 
Alexis Smith, Ronald Reagan and 
Jane Wvman. 

(Continued from Page 5) 

preventing price-fixing agreements 
or unreasonable clearance, would 
terminate the Government's most 
urgent objections to present meth- 
ods, but would also withdraw the de- 
fendants from competing in the ex- 
hibition field." The Government said 
it v/ould create a new set of theater 
owners which would not be likely to 
give as good a sei-vice as the previ- 
ous owners, but "the opportunity of 
the independents to compete under 
the bidding system for pictures and 
runs renders such a harsh remedy 
as complete divestiture unnecessary. 
at least until the eflnciency of tha+ 
system has been tried and found 

Allieci May File Info, on 
Parties "Back Of" ATA 

(Continued from Page 1) 
directly in the equity suit, a respons- 
ible source indicated yesterday. 

While emphasizing that there is 
"little possibility" that the court 
will uphold A'TA's petition, this 
source indicated that Allied attor- 
neys may file such an information 
"if by any chance" ATA's position i? 
upheld. The information, this source 
said, will charge that "many of the 
parties back of ATA's petition are 
parties to the very contracts con- 
demned by the court." 

This source said upholding of 
ATA's petition would have a vital 
effect on future suits for triple dam- 

Thurman W. Arnold, ATA attor- 
ney, previously had scoffed at re- 
ports that ATA, by inteiwening, 
would become a partv to the case 
and would be responsible as defend- 
ants in any decree handed down. 

D of J Proposals 
'Fall Shorl'-Myer] 

(Continued from Page 7) 
which result from the defe I 
insistence upon percentage ] 
Inclusion in the order of th 
gested provision will strength 
make effective the court's' 
against joint ownership by el 
ing defendants' partnership 
aters which are attained with( 
investment in such theaters. 

Eliminate Monopolistic Pra< 

"In addition, it will elirni 
number of monopolistic and 
tious practices which the defc 
have imposed upon the indep 
exhibitors as adjuncts of tl' 
centage system as the checi 
theaters and the auditing of 
tors' books and records." 

Myers recalled that the TN 
port of several years ago cas 
the Department for "specific; 
signing its powers" and turnii 
"enforcement" to an arbi 

"I agree with the TNEC r 
Myers said, "that the Depa 
had clearly abdicated its juris 
and farmed out this responsib ; 
arbitration boards." 

He also expressed the opini 
the Government feared inclu ■ 
arbitration would endanger t 
partment's appeal plans. 

Display Old Pix Biz Co 
At PP's Harvest Dinnc 

What are probably two of t 1 
est business cards in the film I 
try turned up in an envelo 
dressed to Jack Cohn, as hea : 
Picture Pioneers. 

The first bears the insig 
"The Music House Of Lae 
then located at 67-37 S. Cla 
Chicago. It bears a picture of 
young Carl Laemmle and at t 
torn is contained the name of ^ 
Howard as general manager, 
ever, written in pen and ink 
the top and bottom of the cai 
neat Spencerian script is the 5 
"Whistling Will, with N. Y. 
1367 B'way." 

The second card is of a son 
later vintage. Printed on s 
colored stock, it bears the i: 
"Independent Moving Pictui 
of America, 102 W. 101st St 
York. Carl Laemmle, pres 
In smaller letters, as one of 
salesmen, is the name "Julius ■ 
In a panel at the left side 
card is the IMP trademark, J 
in its day. 

Both cards have been frara 
will be displayed at the 
Harvest Dinner of the Picti 
oneers, Nov. 20. 


St. Louis Newsreel Exits 

St. Louis — The Hollywood 
reel Theater has changed it? 
and policy. Now known as the 
it will specialize in foreign fil 

M. P. Production Dist. 

28 W. 44th St. 21st floor 

Nev' York N. Y. 

iLxnate in Character 

Kernational in Scope 

liependent in Thought 

i^^O- NO. 71 

The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Twenty-Eight Years Old 






tPTOA to Offer Counter-Proposals on Decree 

!Td Votes to Appear 
Amicus Curiae; Against 
illusive Run Bidding 



te Editor, THE FILM DAILY 

li Washington — The MPTOA 
ilrd of directors and regional 
^•^ leaders yesterday voted to 

y to appear as amicus curiae in 
i';jew York equity case and will of- 
itiQunter-proposals to the Govem- 
lji;'s recommendations for a final 

ie. Approximately 20 assoeia- 
(G>nHnued on Page 12) 

[iv'l Deaf to Pleas 
r Roadshowing Pix 

Ungton Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Sashing-ton — The Department of 
^ce will not yield to distributor 
"osals to permit roadshowing of 
- ted features, The Film Daily 
'. told flatly yesterday. A Depart- 
: of Justice spokesman said this 
(Continued on Page 7) 

mersall, Scully's Aide; 
!|is "U" Sales Cabinet 

Universal - International plans to 
j.e a definite policy on each indi- 
.,al picture and then to have its 
j^ office sales cabinet visit 
^jiches and implement the policy, 
I (Continued on Page 7) 

'2,255,877 Roxy 

Gross in 26 Weeks 

Roxy Theater, Inc., controlled by 
Oth-Fox, reports a gross of $2,255,- 
77 for the 26 weeks ended July 

of this year. In the fiscal year 
ided Jan. 1, 1946. the theater corn- 
any reported a gross of $4,153,467. 
iterest requirements on the thea- 
ir's first mortgage were covered by 

wide margin and after ail charges 
nd taxes, net income amounted to 
118,339. This compares with a net 
come for the preceding 12-month 
3riod of $110,608. 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The following are 
highlights of the distributors' pro- 
posals for a final decree in the New 
York equity case: 

1. Factors other than price 
should be considered under com- 
petitive biddingi. 

2. Terms for reasonable clear- 
ance are outlined. 

3. Pictures would not neces- 
sarily go to the highest bidder 
if minimum terms meet the other 

4. Distributors would be per- 
mitted to require exhibitors to 
state their admission prices in 
their bids. 

5. Defendants agree to injunc- 

(Continued on Page 9) 

Mulli-Unit Operation 
For Century Circuit 

Multi-unit theater operation, em- 
bracing tidbit bars, soft drink loun- 
ges and donut shops, which ulti- 
mately will be integrated into each 
of the Century Circuit's houses, was 
described yesterday by Leslie 
Schwartz, chief of Andrews, Inc., 
Century's extra-profit division, at 
the "Extra Profits Convention," held 
at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. 

Speaking of the tidbit bar, Leslie 
(Continued on Page 10) 

Want Bidding System Based on "Other Than Price"; 
Wide-open Definition of "Reasonable Clearance" 
And Stipulation by Exhibs. of Price to be Charged 

Any doubts that the New York equity suit will wind up in the 
Supreme Court were dissipated by the "Big Five" defendants yes- 
terday with the submission to the three-man court of their set 

of proposals for the forthcoming de- 
cree. These proposals were as far 
out of line with those submitted a 
day earlier by the Department of 
Justice as the two parties were 
nearly three years ago when the 
Government refused to renew the 
New York consent decree. 

Entire burden of devising a decree 
(Continued on Page 11) 

Coast Striice in AFL 
Lap, View of USCS 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Howard Colvin, as- 
sociate director of the U. S. Con- 
ciliation Service, yesterday said the 
"proper place" for settlement of the 
Hollywood jurisdictional strike is the 
AFL convention, now meeting in 

The Conciliation Service acknowl- 
edged receipt of a wire from the 
Conference of Studio Unions request- 
ing Government intervention to "pre- 
( Continued on Page 7) 

Walter Reade Circuit 
To Bar Local Checkers 

Walter Reade circuit theaters will 
not "tolerate" local checkers, city 
managers of the circuit were in- 
formed by Walter Reade, Jr., at a 
meeting held yesterday at the chain's 
New York offices. 

Reade called on the managers to 

plan and stress children's shows in all 

their situations, and announced the 

appointment of Murray Meinberg as 

(Continued on Page 7) 

AFL May Grant SAG a Hearing 

Expect Sorreil to Present His Side 

Benson to Head Para. 
Branch in Cincinnati 

Promotion of Albert C. Benson 
from Paramount sales manager in 
Washington to branch manager in 
Cincinnati, where he will succeed J. 
J. Oulahan, who has resigned, ef- 
fective Oct. 14, was announced yes- 
( Continued on Page 10) 

Chicago — It was stated here yes- 
terday by Matthew Woll, chairman 
of the American Federation of La- 
bor resolutions committee, that when 
his committee meets again tomor- 
row the delegation from the Screen 
Actors Guild may be heard. It had 
previously appeared doubtful if the 
actors' "caravan" would be heard at 
all due to a rule requiring 30 days' 
(Continued on Page If) 

Allied Feeling Out 
Members on Prod'n 

'Pursuant to a move iby the Allied 
States Assn. to be prepared against 
any future product shortages, a 
special pledge form will be sent out 
within 10 days to exhibitors through- 
(Continued on Page 12) 

New Stands Little Affected 
By Drive-in Restrictions 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Further restrictions 
on the construction of Drive-In the- 
aters and cutbacks expected to have 
little effect on building of new 
(Continued on Page 10) 

Metro Dropping AR; 
To Expand Research 

Loew's-Metro is discontinuing its 
deal with Dr. George Gallup's Audi- 
ence Research and will expand its 
own Motion Picture Research Bureau, 
headed by Dr. Leo Handel, it was 
learned yesterday. Loew's - Metro 
started with the Gallup AR about 
six months ago, but during that in- 
terval, had continued to operate its 
own research setup which Dr. Handel 
has headed since 1942 except during 
the time he was in Army uniform. 
Currently, Dr. Handel's bureau is 
making a survey of re-print prefer- 
ences for Metro. 



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N. PETER RATHVON, president of RKO Radio, 
and MRS. RATHVON, left Hollywood yesterday 
via air to spend a week in Mexico City. They 
will then come to New York tor two weeks. 

HAMILTON MacFADDEN, of the film division 
of the U. S. State Department, has arrived in 
Hollywood to confer with Stephen Bosustow, on 
a forthcoming film on public opinion polls. 

LEONARD COLDENSON, Paramount vice- 
president in charge of theater operations, will 
return today from Toledo. 

NEIL ACNEW, Vanguard vice-president in 
charge of distribution, flew from London to 
Paris yesterday, 

ROBERT L. LIPPERT, vice-prexy in charge 
of distribution for Screen Guild Productions, 
and SAM DECKER, treasurer, planed out of 
Hollywood yesterday for Chicago to attend the 
Isoard of directors and stockholders' meetings 
of SGP. 

BOB MONTGOMERY returned yesterday from 

leave Chicago, where they went for the AFL 
convention, on their return to Hollywood. 

GEORGE ALLEN, Scundies proxy, is here on 
a business trip. 

H. A. BUCKLEY has returned to his UA desk 
after attending a conference at the company's 
Chicago exchange. 

HERBERT K. SORRELL. CSU proxy, is in 
Chicago for the AFL meeting. 

KFITH ANDES, Selznick player, who returns 
to Hollywood tomorrow, was interviewed on 
Paula Stone's WNEW program yesterday. 

EDWARD L. HYMAN, vice-president of Para- 
mount Theaters Service Corp., and SI SIEGEL. 
Paramount Theater executive, are in Detroit 
after an extended Western business trip. 

Clark Again Chairma: 
Film Carriers Conferen 

Meet Today on Talent 
For "Night of Stars" 

Industi-y -leaders in the entertain- 
ment field will meet today at 4:30 
p.m. in the offices of Marvin _H. 
Schenck, chairman of the r)roduction 
committee for the 13th annual 
"Nigrht of Stars," to discuss the 
availability of stage, screen and 
radio stars for the mammoth show 
Nov. 12 which will be held at Madi- 
son Square Garden. The benefit pro- 
ceeds will go to the United Jewish j 

Among those, who are expected at ' 
the meeting, are: Robert M. Weit- 
man, Arthur Knorr, Lester B. Isaac, 
Max "Wolff, John Dugan. Harry Kal- 1 
eheim. Nat Kalcheim, Sidney Pier- 
mont, LaiTy Puck, Sam Rauch, Leon- 
ard Rnmm, Frank Roehrenbeck. 
John Shubert, Arthur Weill and 
David A. Werblin. 

STANLEY W. HIGGINSON, general manager 
for Warners, in Australia, is due in New York 
at the end of the week from Sydney, He remains 
in the U. 5. three months. 

MARiAN SPITZER, story editor for Liberty 
Films, Inc., is in New York for a three-week 
business visit. 

today for the Coast, with a Chicago stopover 

MARY KAY DODSON, Para, studio stylist, 
will leave Hollywood Monday for New York Cit/ 
on a combined business and vacation trip. She 
will be here for three weeks. 

SAM BURGER, regional director for Loew's 
International, leaves today for a short trip to 
Mexico City. 

reprints and importations, arrives in San Fran- 
cisco today from Portland. 

EDWIN W. AARON, assistant general sales 
manager of M-C-M, is due in San Francisco 
today from Seattle. 

RENIE RIANO, Maggie Jiggs in Monogram's 
"Bringing Up Father," has arrived from the 
Coast for a two-week visit. 

ED HINCHY, head of the Warner Bros.' play- 
date department, leaves tcday for Chicago and 
Milwaukee. He returns to New York the early 
part of next week. 

HARRY GOLDBERG, director of advertising 
and publicity for Warner Theaters, was in 
Albany yesterday and will be in New Haven 

NAT D. FELLMAN, Warner Theaters' execu- 
tive, returns from New Haven today. 

HARRY M. KALMINE. president and general 
manager of Warner Theaters, left last night 
for Chicago and Milwaukee, where he will hoH 
meetings of local zone executives. He returns to 
New York at the end of the week. 

New York from the Coast and arrives here early 
next week. 

ARNOLD PRESSBURCER, producer, whose Re- 
gency Productions will soon film Somerset 
Maugham's "Then and Now," will arrive here 
today from the Coast. 

IRVIN SHAPIRO, film distributor, will arrive 
in Paris today by Clipper from New York to be- 
gin a tour of European caoitals for the ouroose 
of acquiring additional product and establishing 
outlets for bis current lineup. 

PETER LORRE and MRS. LORRE have arrived 
here from the Coast and are staying at the 
WaWorf-Astoria Hotel. 

REX HARRISON. English actor, will arrive 
here from the Coast to act for the "Theater 
Guild on the Air" presentation of "Berkeley 
Square," Sunday, 10 p.m. over the ABC net- 

DAVE EPSTEIN leaves the Coast today for 
a business trip to New York. 

Chicago— J. P. Clark of Hi. 
Express, Philadelphia, was re- 
chairman of the Film Carrier 
ference at the Sherman Hotel 
Vickers, Charlotte, N. C, was e 
vice - chairman. General pro 
affecting operations and distrit 
services were under discussion. 

Among the carriers attendizi*' i 
Clint Weyer, Harold Sherts^i^ : 
Adleman of Philadelphia; Hard 
Kinny and Charles lies, Des M 
Earl Goldberg, Los Angeles; 
Jameson, Kansas City, Mo.; I 
Smith, Syracuse, and Harry Bi 
man, Washington, D. C. 

Hutchinson Sales Director 
For Para, in Great Britain 

Goodkind Leaving "U" 
To Produce Stage Play 

Lamey Goodkind. story and play 
editor for Universal, tendered his 
resignation after having been affili- 
ated with the company for nine 
years, to produce a new play on 
Broadway. He will be succeeded by 
James Poling, formerly associated 
with Doubleday & Co., publishers, 
for 10 years. 

The script, recently acquired by 
Goodkind, who also served as talent 
executive with the company, is re- 
ported to be a Tiost-war story of a 
GI bride and her newly-acquired^ 
American family. ■ ! 

Goodkind returned to Universal 
last Fall after bein? with the mili- 
tary intelligence of the Army, where 
h-» wr^te. directed and acted in 
plays designed for instructing the 

London (By Cable) — Appointment 
of F. E. Hutchinson as managing 
director of sales for Paramount in 
Britain and his election to the board 
of the company's British subsidiary 
was announced here yesterday. At 
the same time, it was announced tha'- 
Tony C. Redding had been aupointed 
managing director of the Plaza and 
Carlton theaters. 

Lapidus, Lefkowitz on Trip 

•lules Lapidus, Eastern division 
sales manager for Warner Bros., and 
Sam Lefkowitz. Eastern district 
manager, are in Buffalo. Lapidus 
goes from there to Cleveland, while 
Lefkowitz returns to New York to- 


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Roach Motion Denied 
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Federal Judge George Caffe; 
terday denied a motion by Hal J 
Studios to restrain Film Ci. 
from taking further steps in 
cuting an arbitration which th . 
sticuted in 1945 relative to -So 

The court, in its denial, stated 
the plaintiff's remedy lies in ai 
plication to N. Y. Supreine * 
for the relief sought. The pis 
is seeking to retrieve $55,000 
by Film Classics to Edward Pe 
Roach's fonner representative 
also a cancellation of the cont 
made by him. 

RKO Execs, to Mexico tc 
Inspect Churubusco Plo 

Two delegations of RKO e: 
tives will converge on Mexico 
this w-eek for the purpose of in; 
ing the recently-completed C:: 
busco Studios in which the coir. 
has a financial interest. 

N. Peter Rathvon, RKO pre:-i 
in charge of production in H 
wood, will fly today from the c 
with Mrs. Rathvon.' The New "! 
delegation will leave in two fli 
and will include John M. "WTiite 
Frederick and Mrs. Ehnnan; 
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THE MONTH full-page ads in Life, Woman's Home 
Companion and Look! 

Full-color story-strip style ads in 120 leading news- 
papers—half-page in standard-size papers; full page 
in tabloids . . . That's "The Showmanship Company" 
at work on another big one! 

idnesday, October 9, 1946 

V"V ma 

ast Strike in AFL 

I (Continued from Page 1) 
.; further unprovoked attacks 
1 locked-out studio workers." 
nee the Conciliation Service 
(r^-Uy handled employe-employer 
■; — s, it is thought that the 
-lyvvood jurisdictional squabble 
jild be left in the hands of the 
., convention. 

ijvernment spokesmen admitted, 

;ever, that should the AFL fail to 

decisive action, the situation 

yet be dumped into the Govem- 

t's conciliation lap. 

le Government's position thus 

has followed that of MPAA 

ident Eric A. Johnston. 

l\nston Not Going to Coast; 
' Situation Up to AFL 

ihington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
iashington — MPAA President 
j! A. Johnston has no intention 
'purneying to Hollywood or mix- 
into the current labor dispute in 
3|way at this time, he said yester- 
f Asked what he has done about 
Isituation since cancelling his trip 
lurope twice, Johnston smilingly 
': "Nothing." 

Mution to the recurrent jurisdic- 
'al disputes is a matter for the 
Ij leadership, Johnston said. "I 
^jk it's something they will have 
.ake up at their Chicago conven- 
. and I think it's likely that they 

lie MPAA head said he is receiv- 
constant bulletins on develop- 

ts in the strike-bound studio city, 
has not been "quarterbacking" 
of the studio moves. He made it 

a that he feels it is not a matter 

solution by the industry, but by 

AFL leaders. 

xlter Reade Circuit 
Bar Local Checkers 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 

llager of the Plainfield Strand and 
lay Penbarn at the Paramount 
lie same town. 

plection of Universal's "The Kil- 
j' as the November contest pic- 
i for the circuit was disclosed. 
my Mullens, Freehold manager, 
last month"s exploitation award, 
pic being "To Each His Own." 
lete Gage, Jim Watson, Steve 
aer, and Jack Harris from the 
lie office, and David Kearney, 
lager of the new Park Ave. The- 
j which opens shortly, partici- 
I'd in the meeting with the city 


Oct. 9 
ohn P. Medbury Hedy LaMarr 

J. J. Bowen John Miljan 

Jack Pyser Forrest Halsey 

IfMid-Week Memits 

• • • DURING THE COURSE OF THE YEAH, many a volume of 

trade interest finds its way to Phil M.'s receptive desk But none 

received this year rates higher with Phil M. than a mimeographed 
tome, "A Course in Motion Picture Theater Management," by Sam Car- 
ver, who, when he isn't operating Detroit Consolidated Theaters, is 

guiding the destinies of the Michigan Independent Theater Owners 

The Carver book was compiled from a series of lectures which Carver 

gave earlier in the year For them. Carver drew on the "know 

how" which is his after 30 years in show biz The result is a com- 
mon sense presentation, in simple language, of what experience has 
taught, not only about management itself but about advertising, pub- 
licity and exploitation as well Essentially designed lor the new- 
comer to the field,' the basic information set down by Carver should 

prove invaluable in the schooling of new staff personnel The 

larger circuits, of course, are alert to that, but too many of the smaller 
operators are not And that's where Carver's book comes in 

T T T 

lo obtain sufficient prints of "Hangmen Also Die" for the Detroit Broder 
circuit houses until two dcrys after the scheduled Oct. 16 execution of 
Goering and Co., Harold Sandelman, Broder circuit, is reported to have 
cabled Nuernberg requesting a two-day postponement 

T ▼ T 

• • • ERNIE (LOEW) EMERLING'S friends were told that he could 

receive visitors and unveil his appendectomy on Thursday So late 

Monday, in the company of Art Schmidt, Sid Schaefer, Harry McWil- 
liams, Leo Pillot, and some more boys from Columbia, Ben Serkowich 

went over to St. Clare's Hospital to call on him Reports Ben: . . . 

"We brought along some gifts, particularly a talking dog This 

animal when seated on a glass containing cubes of ice over which 

Scotch has been poured will speak English, Scotch and Gaelic 

The same dog also speaks German, Yiddish, French, and Italian when 

the contents of the other bottle we had were poured on the ice 

We Tvere all prepared to make Ernie happy with a demonstration, and 
we went over there in the full belief that we were going to bring some 

brightness into his hospital life To our dismay, we were told 

that he had recovered and had gone home the day before There 

we stood on the sidewalk in front of the hospital with a talking dog 

What would you have done in a case like that? We did" 

T T ▼ 

• • • ODDS AND ENDS: The SPG's "Screen Publicists in Art— 
1946" exhibit opens a 15-day run at the Barbizon-Plaza on Nov. 1. . . . 

• Didja know the Air Force Association has picked Gene Autry's boss. 

Champion, as its official Pegasus? Well, at least that's a switch, 

isn't it? . . . • Not only will Walter Reade's new subscription theater, 
the Park Ave., boast of a ladies' lounge replete with beautician, but it 
will also have a snack bar, a game room, a bi-weekly art exhibit, "love 

seats" in the smoking mezzanine and DuMont tele What, no 

barber shop for the masculine trode? ... • Charlie Niles, theater editor 
of the Hartford (Conn.) Times is crusading against theater collection 

▼ ▼ T 

• • • FORTITUDE DEPT.: Ward Farrar, UA field man in Cin- 
cinnati, is a very worried man. He's afraid the 250 heralds from the 
home office will be late in arriving for his next campaign. Anyhow, 
that's what he writes Mori Krushen, his exploitation boss, from the 
lewish Hospital in Cincy where he's recovering from the effects of a re- 
cent robbery in Covington, Ky. Ward was slugged six times with a 
monkey wrench, required 100 stitches to lace up 16 head lacerations. 
Yeah, he's certainly worried about those heralds! 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

Gov't Deaf to Pleas 
For Roadshowing Pix 

(Continued from Page 1) 
question had been discussed within 
the Department following receipt 
last month of tentative and partial 
proposals from the defendants, which 
included a proposal for exceptions 
to the ban on establishment of 
minimum admission prices to per- 
mit roadshowing of a few high-cost 

The same answer was also given 
a spokesman for David 0. Selznick 
who conferred with Robert L. 
Wright, special assistant to the At- 
torney General, in an attempt to 
win Wright's sanction for plans to 
roadshow Selznick's forthcoming 
"Duel in the Sun." While Wright 
made it plain that he will not step 
backward from his "no exception" 
position, it is pointed out that "Duel 
in the iSun" may be roadshown if it 
is programmed in the near future. 

GomersalL Scully's Aide; 
Joins "U" Sales Cabinet 

(Continued from Page 1) 

it was disclosed yesterday by Wil- 
liam A. Scully, vice-prexy and gen- 
eral sales manager. 

Decision, said Scully, resulted 
from the complexities of the pres- 
ent market and the necessity for 
flexible methods of selling, which, 
he feels, demand more direct contact 
on the part of home office sales 
execs, with the entire field sales 

As a step in this direction, and 
following a series of sales depart- 
ment realignments during the last 
two months, Scully announced the 
appointment of E. T, "Peck" Gomer- 
sall as his assistant and his addition 
to the sales cabinet. 

Gomersall, more recently Enter- 
prise general sales manager, who re- 
turned to "U" as a sales exec, fol- 
lowing the dissolution of the Uni- 
versal-Enterprise deal, joins A. J. 
O'Keefe, Charles Feldman, F. J. A. 
McCarthy, and Fred Meyers, in the 
sales cabinet. 


Charles E. "Chick" Lewis pub- 
lisher of Showmen's Trade Review, 
became the father of a girl, weight 
eight pounds, born to Mrs. Lewis 
yesterday at Doctors Hospital. The 
child is his second daughter. 

Denver — Charles Gilmour, presi- 
dent of Gibraltar Enterprise The- 
aters, entered the grandfather class 
with the birth of Dianne Kathleen 
at La Grange, 111., to Mr. and Mrs. 
Geo. Prise, his son-in-law and daugh- 



Wednesday, October 9, 1 


"My Darling 

with Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor 


20th -Fox 97 Mins. 


If "My Darling Clementine" does not 
prove to be the very pinnacle of western 
proauction and direction it may be only 
Because tne next one to surpass it will be 
trom rne directorial talents of John Ford. 

Ford has taken every trick in the book, 
poiisned, sharpened, honed and curried them. 
I he resultant tale of the Earp Brothers is 
something erudite critics will dissect for 
finer nuances of cinematic criticism. And 
those hyper-critics, the western fans, whose 
diet has been the ham and eggs of the in- 
dustry, Will be impressed by its near-zenith 

You sit back and watch this one and 
while doing so you are alternately stirred, 
thrilled, on the edge of your seat, laughing, 
viewing profundities and switched from one 
complete emotional or visual delight or 
gripping scene to another, completely delin- 
eated to the last frame. 

Photographically "Clementine" impresses 
as just about the best black and white 
treatment from Hollywood this year and 
will stand to be a keen contender for camera 
honors. The application of dramatic light 
flexibility to heighten and depress dra- 
matic scenes is an achievement. 

The story has a historical background be- 
ing the interpretation of Wyatt Earp, played 
by Fonda, and his brothers, Tim Holt, Ward 
Bond, who come to Tombstone and pacify 
the cattletown while they seek the mur- 
derers of another brother, Don Garner. 
Fonda takes the marshal's jcb. The town 
quiets under his ministrations, Victor Ma- 
ture, a consumptive renegade doctor from 
the East, runs Tombstone and has a reputa- 
tion as a killer. But at first sight he and 
Fonda hit it off, becomes friends. Miss 
Darnell is Mature's mistress. Cathy Downs 
comes from the East to rehabilitate Mature. 
But he thinks different. 

In due time Miss Darnell furnishes the 
clues for the real culprits. She dies. Holt 
is killed. Next mcrning the Walter Brennan 
family is wiped out. Mature dies. There's 
a great deal more to it than that but space 
limits detailed telling. 

Ford's direction permits each player from 
leads to supporting character parts, to give 
telling exhibition of capabilities. Alan Mow- 
bray has a sequence that will strongly re- 
inforce his stature. The writing is clever, 
intelligent and its every facet heightened 
by direction. 

'Clementine" will probably become a 
gallery piece for the present, and for 
future profitable replaying. 

CAST: Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor 
Mature, Walter Brennan, Tim Holt, Ward Bond, 
Cathy Downs, Alan Mowbray, John Ireland, Roy 
Roberts, lane Darwell, Grant Withers,- J. Far- 
rell Macbonaid, Russell Simpson, Ben Hall, 
Francis Ford, Arthur Walsh. 

CREDITS: Producer, Samuel C. Engel; Direc- 
tor, John Ford; Screenplay by Samuel C Engel, 
Winston Miller- Based on a story by Sam Hell- 
man from a book by Stuart N. Lake; Music, 
Alfred Newman; Cameraman, Joe MacDonald; 
Art Directors, James Ba(evi, Lyie Wheeler; Film 
Editor, Dorothy Spencer; Sound, Eugene Cross- 
man, Roger Heman. 


"Fool's Gold" 

with William Boyd, Andy Clyde and Rand 



United Artists 63 Mins. 


"Fool's Gold" is a money picture for 
every exhibitor who will give it exploita- 
tion to let his patrons know "Hoppy" is 
coming to town. It's the second in the new 
"Hopalong Cassidy" series and has William 
Boyd giving his usual winning performance. 
Andy Clyde, who supplies the lighter 
moments, and Rand Brooks are Bcyd's com- 

George Archainbaud, who has directed 
several "Hopalongs," turned in an ex- 
cellent directorial job, while Lewis J. Rach- 
mil again delivers as the producer. Mack 
Stengler, who is photographing the new 
series, caught many beautiful exteriors. 

At the request of Forbes Murray, a 
cavalry colonel, Boyd seeks out Murray's 
son, Stephen Barclay, a cavalry lieutenant, 
who is about to join a gang of outlaws, 
rather than face a court-martial. Barclay 
is in love with Jane Randolph, who is un- 
aware that her father, Robert Emmett 
Keane, is the real leader of the outlaws. 

Members of Keane's gang don cavalry- 
men's uniforms and ride out to meet an 
oncoming wagon train carrying $200,000 in 
gold bricks. The wagon train is guarded 
by cavalrymen, and Keane's men carry 
counterfeit gold bricks and plan to dupe 
them, B:yd learns of the plot and thwarts 
the would-be swindlers. 

CAST: William Boyd, Andy Clyde, Rand 
Brooks, Jane Randolph, Robert Emmett Keane, 
Stephen Barclay, Harry Cording, Earle Hodgins, 
Forbes Murray, "Wee Willie" Davis, <Ben Corbett, 
Fred "Snowflakes" Toones. 

CREDITS: Producer, Lewis (J. Rachmil; Direc- 
tor, Ceorge Archainbaud; Original story and 
screenplay, Doris Schroeder, based on characters 
created by Clarence E. Mulford; Cameraman, 
Mack Stengler; Film Editor, Fred W. Berger; 
Music, David Chudnow; Art Direction, Harvey 
T. Gillett. 


Quarters of Mexican V.C. 
In Residential Section 

Mexico City — Luis R. Monies, 
chief barker of the Variety Club of 
Mexico, has just announced that the 
newest of the International Tents 
will be housed in a 13-room home, 
located at the comer of Sena and 
Paseo de la Reforma in this city's 
exclusive residential section. 

The club will be completely re- 
decorated in time for its formal in- 
auguration some time in November. 
Montes is now sending out invita- 
tions for the inaugural ceremonies 
to the chief barkers, national canvas- 
men, and national officers of the 
Variety Clubs, as well as to promi- 
nent distributors and exhibitors. 

Officers of the Mexico Tent are: 
Luis R. Montes, chief barker; Max 
Gomez, first assistant chief barker; 
J. B. Urbina, second assistant chief 
barker; Cesar Santos Galindo, dough 
guy; Roiberto Cervantes Casasus, 
property master; Arcade Boytler, 
Antonio de G. Osio, and Guillermo 
A. Carter, delegates and alternates. 

R. J. O'Donnell is the national 
chief barker of the Variety Clubs 
of America. 

"Gas House Kids" 

with Robert Lowery, Billy Halop 
PRC 68 Mins. 


The sextet of youngsters who motivate 
this drama of the lower east side in New 
York turn their attention to the rehabilita- 
tion of a wounded veteran via their own, 
albeit fairly unlawful methods, and before 
the end rolls around they are in and out 
of jail and hot water, but plenty. Billy 
Halop gets involved in a murder and at 
length proves of assistance in rounding up 
a bank robber and his gang. 

From the standpoint of acting and di- 
rection the film has a good deal on the 
merit side and there are no rough edges 
to the production. It is a smooth job 
throughout in all departments. 

The plot gets into its stride when Robert 
Lowery comes home from the wars, a crip- 
ple. He is a former cop in the neighbor- 
hood. A prior scheme to ridicule him as 
a war-winning copper falls flat when 
the gang learn of his injuries. He is en 
crutches. His pre-war romance almost goes 
on the rocks but with understanding on the 
part of his former friends and neighbors he 
bears up. The gang would like to finance a 
chicken farm for him but there's no money 
or indication of it until Halop stumbles on 
a windfall. He banks it and makes a down 
payment. The money stems from a murdered 
rent collector. 

Halop is kidnapped and while en route 
for a "ride" wrecks the car and winds up 
in a hospital. He has the right information 
and tipping the cops off he is responsible 
for the gang's capture and the collection of 
a reward. It all works out well and the 
conclusion sees the youngsters "paroled" 
in Lowery's custody, working on the farm. 

Sam Newfield's direction keeps things 
from the lethargic and the story's lighter 
side is made to balance the moralizing. 

CAST: Robert Lowery, Billy Halop, Teala 
Loring, Carl Switzer, David Reed, Rex Down- 
ing, Rocco lanzing, Hope Landin, Raloh Dunn, 
Paul Bryar, Nanette Vallon, Charles Wilson. 

CREDITS: Producer, Sigmund Neufeld; Di- 
rector, Sam Newfield; Camera, lack Creen- 
halgh. Music, Leo Erdody; Sound, Charles Ken- 
worthy; Film Editor, Holbrook N. Todd; Art Di- 
rector, Frank Sytos. 


Doubt D. C. Ticket Tax 
Bill Can Be Passed 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — ^Although it is likely 
that a District of Columbia tax bill 
will be drafted by the D. C. Corpora- 
tion Counsel to include a local ad- 
missions tax, exhibitor leaders here 
are confident that no such levy will 
actually be passed. On the other 
hand, Loew's division chief, Carter 
Barron, said yesterday, it is likely 
that "our industry as well as other 
business hese will have to pay more 
of the upkeep of the District gov- 

The draft will be submitted to the 
District of Columbia Commissioners, 
and it is held likely that they will 
not retain the admissions levy. On 
the other hand, Barron believes that 
a stiffer licensing fee — possibly on a 
graduated scale based on seating 
capacity — will be imposed. 



"Hot Water' 
Columbia 18»y"i™ 


Gus Schilling and Dick Lane 
over household duties while 
wives vacation. The unexpectec 
"-urn of their spouses necessitat 
hasty cleaning of the apartment, 
blonde, next door, lends them 
vacuum cleaner and while in t 
apartment leaves some "hot" jew 
Needless to say, the blonde is t 
first removal problem, the jew. 
their second. The cops enter in 
i;o help them with their latter troi 
A few good laughs contribute t' 
entertainment value. 

"Sure Cures" 
M-G-M 10 '/2 ]y 

Very Good 

Satirizing the home remedy } 
Bessie tells you always works, is 
main concern of funnyman I 
O'Brien, whose gyrations pro^ 
laughs from the laughterless. 
ills he tries to do away with 
Insomnia, hiccups, a shiner and ; 
ing hair. Being ailments commo 
many, this Pete Smith dilly is 
tain to find a large and sympath 


RKO 8 M 


Concluding with an actual stee 
chase race at Delaware Park, 
sportscope takes you through 
care, training and feeding of a p 
pective jumper, and the patienc 
requires to handle him correc 
Should prove excellent fare for sp' 

"Mysto Fox" 
Columbia 7 M; 


When the crow learns that M> 
Fox is looking for a rabbit fori 
act he masquerades as someth 
that looks very much like B 
Bunny, and lands the job. The i • 
antics of the crow completely wi 
Mysto's act to the extent where 
crow is sawing him in half. She 
have a good effect on any bill. 


'Skating Lady" 
Ice Tricks 

9 M 

Featuring Gretchen Merrill, lad 
amateur figure skating champion 
the U. S., this footage covers 
homelife and other activities besi 
showing her at practice and exk 
tion in the skill she has perfect 
Her beautiful ice-work give this i 
a general appeal. 

Virgil Brown Dead 

Decatur, 111.— Virgil Brown, 1( 
associated with Gus Constant, lo 
theater operator, is dead. 


I'ednesday, October 9, 1946 


(obin Opens in North Tarryton 

IDavid Dubin opens his new Strand 
Ijieater in Nortii Tarryton tonight 
;lth special dedication ceremonies. 

iponta Neely Operating 

.p^onta, Ala. — Lester Neely, 
i^er of a small Alabama circuit, 
Ided a new one with the opening 
ire of the Neely. Constructed of 
jck, with modern cooling system 
d heating equipment, the three- 
}try house seats 900, including 600 
bhestra seats and 300 on the bal- 


|>ungs Open the Mcaimee 
Maumee, O. — The Maumee The- 
:,;r, a 954-seat house of modem 
'dgn, built by Rufus and Donald 
ung, has opened in Maumee, near 
ledo. Donald, son of Rufus, who 
operates a theater in nearby 
rrysburg, is manager of the new 
jater, located at Conant Street 
id Anthony Wayne Trail. House 
s fluorescent lighting. 

Airdrome-Type Lake Bows 

San Antonio, Tex. — The Lake The- 
ater, an airdrome type house, has 
been opened here by Betta WoKe, 
former manager of the Interstate 
Theater's Circuit Broadway here. 
Miss Wolfe will manage and op- 
erate the house. Both American 
and Spanish language products will 
be shown. 

Negro House for Port Arthur 

Port Arthur, Tex, — The $100,000 
Hollywood Theater being built here 
by Lawrence Fontana is scheduled to 
be completed and open soon. The 
1,000-seat house will be for colored 
patronage in this area. 

Greenfield Weil Ready 

Greenfield, Ind. — The new 750-seat 
Weil Theater is ready. 

Alexis Fern To Seat 270 

Alexis, 111. — Lou Dykeman is 
opening the 270-seat Fern. 

ighlights of Distrib. 
ecree Proposals 

k (Continued from Page 1) 

I'lion against formula deals, mas- 
ter agreements, but reserve right 
designate runs and to decide 
whether a theater is suitable ; 
i f;eek right to reject offers which 
ire the result of collusion among 
; ixhibitors and to designate type, 
i lumber and sequence of runs. 
i^ 6. Distributors agree to can- 
i ellation where pictures are sold 
Ptefore tradeshowing, the court 
' o decide cancellation percent- 

7. They favor arbitration of 

omplaints with arbitrators au- 

horized to impose penalties up 

\ o $500 in some instances and to 

;5,000 in others. 

S 8. They agree to injunctions 
ti prevent pools, but ask for two 
h ears to dissolve present ones. 
Il 9. Expansion of circuits would 
be limited. 

p 10. Roadshows would be per- 
I tiitted on "such terms and con- 
itions as may be negotiated by 
uch defendant." 

11. Distributors would be per- 
nitted to license pictures to 
heir own theaters on any terms 
hey see fit. 

12. The Department of Jus- 
ice would be authorized to ex- 
mine company books. 

13. Applications for future 
hanges would be permitted if 
onditions warrant them. 

14. The effective date of the 
ecree would be stayed pending 

15. The consent decree would 
•€ kept in force until a final de- 
ree was handed down by the 
Supreme Court. 

Gov't Sends 12 to 
Study German Trade 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — A group of 12 high 
Government officials left yesterday 
for Germany, where they will make 
a study of German trade possibili- 
ties expected to have an important 
impact on the U. S. pix industi-y. 

The group, headed by Assistant 
Secretary of War Howard C. Peter- 
sen and George E. Allen, RFC di- 
rector, also includes other represen- 
tatives of the War Department, 
RFC, and State, Commerce and 
Treasury Departments. 

Preliminary studies of the possi- 
bility of allowing the U. S. pix in- 
dustry to build studios and trade 
directly with German manufacturers 
have been made by the American 
Military Government, the State and 
Commerce Departments. 

Prime purpose of the study to be 
made by the group of Government 
officials is to "assist in the revival 
of the German economy to the extent 
that Germany may be able to ex- 
port goods in an amount sufficient 
to pay for her essential imports." 

Televise L. A. Football Games 

Hollywood — Television Produc- 
tions, a service of Paramount Pic- 
tures, will cover all the home foot- 
ball games via television over 
W6XYZ of the Los Angeles Dons. 
The first game is set for Oct. 27. 
Klaus Landsberg of the television 
company and Slip Madigan of the 
football team signed the deal. 

New WB Tasmanian Branch 

Sydney (By Air Mail) — ^Warners, 
which has previously handled Tas- 
manian business from the Melbourne 
office, has opened a branch in Laun- 
ceston with George Prince as man- 








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Multi-Unit Operation 
For Century Circuit 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Schwartz said, "The important fact 
about this bar is that it won't he 
tacked on to a theater, but will be 
an integral part of the construction, 
figuring in the architect's plans, and 
will actually improve the appearance 
of the theaters." 

More than 100 stores adjoin Cen- 
tury theaters. Schwartz expects to 
have Andrews, Inc. absorb them all. 
The first to come under the multi- 
unit plan is the Donomat which 
opened about six weeks ago in 
Brooklyn's Rialto Theater Building. 

Another type of business will be 
known as the Stardust Shops, which 
will be swank soft drink and snack 
lounges, so designed that theater 
patrons can enter without going in- 
to the street. 

Joseph R. Springer, Century's 
general theater manager, told the 
convention that while foodstuffs 
around a theater presented difficul- 
ties, "to the aggressive showman, 
who knows what he's working with, 
and who anticipates, food in a the- 
ater will never reach the status of 
a problem." 

With the competition offered by 
radio, 16 mm., sports events, and 
television not too far off. Springer 
said everything must be done "to 
make an evening at a Century the- 
ater more rounded and pleasanter, 
particularly, if by so doing, we can 
help cancel our increased theater 
operating costs, increase bonus 
checks to personnel, and create a 
margin of profit safety for a pos- 
sible depression period." 

Fred Schwartz, circuit vice-prexy, 
in an examination of the "extra 
work that extra profits entails" for 
managers declared a survey showed 
that no additional hours at the the- 
ater were involved. 

Other execs, attending were: 
Comptroller Martin Newman; Sam 
Goodman, film department head; Ed- 
ward Schreiber, advertising and pub- 
licity director; Leonard Satz, My- 
ron Siegel, and Harry Schwartz. 
District Managers included William 
Applegate, Jack LaReaux, Leonard 
Freund, Emanuel Friedman, and 
Jack Weinstein. 


Detroit — Josephine Gott, 20th-Fox 
ad sales manager, Detroit, is to be \ 
married Oct. 19 to Leroy Kai'l. 

Fein-Mack | 

Chicago— Bernard Mack, secretary [ 
of Filmack, has become engaged to j 
Dorothy Fein of New York City. 
The couple plan a February wedding. 
He is the son of Irving Mack, sales 
manager of Filmack. 


Chamness Sells Two 

Eldorado, 111. — The Nox, a 650- 
seater, has been sold by M. Chamness 
of Carrier Mills, 111., to D. Wagner. 
Chamness also sold his Nox in Kar- 
nak, 111., to Earl Stout of the Stout 
Circuit with headquarters in Cairo, 
111. Chamness, who still owns the 
Nox in Carrier Mills, 111., plans to 
enter the popcorn growing field on a 
large scale. 

Shearer Gets the Elwha 

Portland, Ore. — B. F. Shearer of 
the H. F. Shearer Equipment Co., has 
taken over a long-term lease, opera- 
tion of the Elwna Theater at Port 
Angeles, Wash. He has installed 
•"Cnuck" Charles as manager. 

Buys Columbus Theater Bl'g. 

Columbus, O. — J. Walter Jetfrey, 
member of the family that founded 
the Jeffrey Manufacturing Co., has 
acquired the Olentangy Theater 

Bowman Accjuires Drive-in 

Beeville, Tex.— The Drive-In The- 
ater has been reopened here by F. 
E. Bowman of Corpus Christi, who 
took over from C. A. Blount. 

Merson Into Exhibition 

Detroit — Samuel Merson of the 
Detroit Blue Print Co., long a key 
figure on Film Row, has taken over 
the Amsterdam, northwest nabe 
from Leonard Soskin, who will de- 
vote his full time to his theatrical 
insurance business. L. M. Levin, 
a brother-in-law of Merson, vdll 

Second House for McEenzie 

Detroit — Donald J. McKenzie, 
owner of the Star at Flint, has taken 
over the Richard from William 

Stewart Disposes of Two 

Kaufman, Tex. — The Plaza and 
Uptown Theaters have been sold by 
John N. Stewart to E. L. and J. 0. 
Harris, operators of the Buddy Har- 
ris Theaters Circuit. Deal included 
sale of Plaza Theater building ana 
lease of the Uptown Theater building. 

Cattleman Buys Theater 

St. Jo, Tex.— E. L. and J. 0. Harris 
have sold their Texas Theater here 
to Ralph Donnell, local cattleman. 
Mrs. Donnell has been manager ol 
the house for the past several 

Swartz Sells to Eraines 

Minneapolis — Don Swartz, execu- 
tive secretary of North Central 
Allied, has sold the 240-seat Loop 
Theater to M. Kraines. 

Portland Rex to Gamble 

Portland, Ore. — Ted Gamble has 
purchased Sam Fleishman's Rex here. 

New Stands Little Affected 
By Drive-in Restrictions 

(Continued from Page II 

stands wei'e announced yesterday by 
CPA. Brought under controls for the 
first time are concrete surfaces for 
Drive-In theaters. Construction on 
the concrete surfaces cannot be 
planned or started without specific 
authorization unless the cost is un- 
der $200, CPA ruled. In addition, 
no repairs or alterations may be 
made without a permit if the cost is 
above $200. 

CPA also listed a switch in quali- 
fications under so-called "small 
jobs." Previously, construction of 
.mall jobs costing under $15,000 was 
allowed without a permit for indus- 
trial, utility and transportation 
buildings. Under new regulations, 
buildings must contain 10,000 or 
more square feet to qualify under 
the $15,000 exemption. 

Rose Mellville Dies 

Lake George, N. Y. — Rose Mell- 
ville, in private life Mrs. Rose Min- 
zey, 68, died at her home here yes- 
terday. She played in "Sis Hop- 
kins" on the stage from 1900 to 1918, 
appearing more than 5,000 times. 

Albert P. Kaye Dead 

Washingtonville, N. Y. — Albert P. 
Kaye, 68, veteran actor seen on the 
stage for 50 years, died yesterday 
at his home here. His widow sur- 
vives him. 

Film Companies Ask 
Dismissal of L'ville Suit 

The major film company defend- 
ants in the anti-trust suits filed by 
the Fifth & Walnut, Inc., and Albert 
J. Hoffman, lessees and owner, re- 
spectively, of the National Theater, 
Louisville, Ky., have asked for dis- 
missal of the complaint in answers 
filed yesterday in New York Federal 
Court. The action seeks triple dam- 
ages for the alleged failure of the 
plaintiff to obtain first-nin show- 
ings of the major companies' films. 

ixqn Naish ior "Fugitive" 

IVest Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — J. Carroll Naish has 
been signed to play one of the fea- 
tured roles in "The Fugitive" which 
John Ford will direct for the newly- 
organized Argosy Pictures for re- 
lease by RKO Radio. On Nov. 10, 
Ford plans to leave for Mexico where 
all exteriors will be filmed. Dolores 
Del Rio vdll play the top feminine 
role. Dudley Nichols wrote the 

Nebezal Signs Michele Morgan 

IVest Coast Biireaxi of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Seymour Nebenzal 
has signed Michele Morgan to a 
term contract. He also has Jorja 
Curtright under exclusive contract. 

ChL Tribune Asks Tele Station 

Chicago — WGN, radio station of 
the Tribune, has asked the FCC for 
a construction permit for a new com- 
mercial tele station. 

New Tele Equipment 
At TBA Conference 

New television equipment, f r 
huge transmitters to ultra-new 
ceivers, will be exhibited at the S 
ond Television Conference and I 
hibition of the Television Be- 
casters Association, Inc., opfini 
tomorrow in the Basildon rooms ^ 
Astor Gallery at the Waldorf-i 
toria Hotel. 

Fourteen specially built boo- 
will house the tele products of st 
manufacturers as RCA Victor Di 
sion. General Electric Co., Allen 
DuMont Labs, Farnsworth Te 
vision & Radio iCorp., Telicon Coi 
Crosley Corp., Sonora Radio & Te 
vision Corp., American Telephone 
Telegraph Co., and Belmont EL 
trie Co. 

More than 1,200 persons, inch 
ing many execs, from pix, radio, i 
vertising, and allied fields, are ( 
peeted to attend this first post-v. 
meeting of the video industry. 

Television stations in New Yc 
City, Schenectady, Philadelphia, a 
Washington, D. C. will carry ma 
of the sessions. Image Orthic 
cameras will transmit the vario 
programs on the four-city netwo] 

More than 80 speakers will 
dress the panel meetings on almc 
every conceivable phase of televisi( 
from problems confronting bro£ 
casters, station managers, produce 
advertisers, and ad agency repi 
sentatives to those confronting ec 
cators, publicists, and statemen. 

Benson to Head Para. 
Branch in Cincinnati 

(Continued from Page 1) 

terday by Charles M. Reagan, t 
company's vice-president in char 
of distribution. 

Benson joined Paramount as 
accountant in 1920, becoming si. 
cessively chief accountant, offi" 
manager and salesman in the Phil 
delphia branch, from where he we 
to Toronto as branch manager. 
1941 he was appointed short su 
jects sales rep. in the Philadelpt 
district. His designation as Was 
ington sales manager took place 


|ACK MARTIN, Republic salesman, St. Louis. ; 
BILL SHARPE, Paramount salesman, St. Louis.. 
NELSON TOWLER, branch manager, PRC, X 

EDWARD iBEY, manager. Fowler, Fowler, Iw 
SIDNEY O'CONNOR, JR., advertising manag 

Quimby theaters, Fort Wayne, Ind. 
RICHARD JUNK, manager, Emboyd, Fort Wayi 


TOD KUNTZELMAN, booker, 20th-Fox, Omal 
PAT HALLORAN, salesman, 20th-Fox, OmaJia. 
VINCE HELLING, resident manager, frisi 

Amusement Co., St. Charles, Mo. 
HOWARD HERY, RKO exploiteer, Detroit. 
LEW CARROLL, RKO exploiteer, Milwaukee. 
C. 0. DONALDSON, temporary manager, Ide 

'ednesday, October 9, 1946 



)istrlbs. Reserve the Right to Designate Runs 

,gree to Cancellation 

Tien Pix Are Sold 

efore Being Tradeshown 

I (Continued from Page 1) 

' Humped back in the lap of the 
l==York court, with the two par- 
L to the case together on not a 
igle key issue. 

The distribs. proposed a bid- 
ding system based on "other 
J:han price," a wide-open defini- 
:ion of "reasonable clearance," 
and a requirement that exhib- 
,!tors stipulate admission prices 
ihey will charge. In addition, 
,i;hey go all-out for continued ar- 
bitration, proposing also that 
irbitrators be entitled to make 
ijash awards. 

iFo determine which exhibitor of- 
-'s are best under a competitive 
, litem, the big five outlined the fol- 
ding criteria: 

'1. The film revenue which the 
jtributor-defendants will derive 
'|m the exhibition of such a fea- 
il'e on the run in question and upon 
aii terms offered by the distribu- 

I Estimation of Film Revenue 

.In estimating such film revenue, 
i! distributor-defendants should 
"lie into consideration, among 
Sjer things: 

; 'A. The number of days for which 
'l the particular days of the week 
■'year, or other playing arrange- 
'nts, upon which each exhibitor 
ns to play the feature; the type 
j entertainment which each exhibi- 
i ' intends to present with the fea- 
j es involved and which the ex- 
j itor in the past has customarily 
■ ;red the public; the appointments 
I '. equipment of each theater trans- 
I acilities; the admission prices of 
, h theater as set by each ex- 
[itor for the period of the ex- 
ition of the feature; the distribu- 
'defendants' actual experience 
h each of the exhibitors in ful- 
Png its obligations in past con- 
its; each exhibitor's reputation 
■erally in the industry and in the 
imunity for honesty, fair dealing 
showmanship and the financial 
sensibility of the exhibitor op- 
ting each of the theaters in- 

. The comparative suitability of 
] theaters for the exhibition of 

Formal Attire for 
iJohanneshtirg Movies 

I Cedar Rapids, la. — The cinema in 
'louth Africa is a sellout every per- 

ormance, with patrcns purchasing 

eserved seat tickets in advance, 
,»ean Herrick, organist at the 20th- 

ientury theater, Johannesburg, and 
(ormer Cedar Rapids youth, stated 

wring a visit here. Herrick said 
Jhat for Saturday movies tickets 
'']re usually booked by the pre- 

sding Monday. Week-end movie- 

aers are always in formal attire he 


Governments Proposed Equity Suit Judgment 
Branded as "A Form of Political Expediency^' 

The Government's proposed judgment in the New York equity case was 
described as "a form of political expediency" by one of the attorneys represent- 
ing the major companies yesterday. 

The distributor counsel said that the Department of Justice's request fcr a ban 
on cross-licensing was a Government move to effect complete divorcement, 
which the Statutory Court has refused to grant. 

"The Department knows," the legalite commented, "that if cross licensing is 
wiped out. at least certain of the major companies' theater affiliates will lack 
sufficient product to operate." 

the distributor-defendant's feature 
on the run in question. 

3. The effect which the exhibi- 
tion of the feature in each of the 
theaters would have upon other ex- 
hibitions of the feature. 

The "Big Five's" wide-open defi- 
nition of "reasonable clearance" in- 
cludes the following factors: 

1. Admission price of the the- 
aters involved, including size, 
type of entertainment, appoint- 
ments, transit facilities, etc. 

2. The policy of operation of 
the theaters involved, such as 
the showing of double features, 
gift nights, giveaways, premi- 
ums, cut-rate tickets, lotteries, 

3. The rental terms and li- 
cense fees paid by the theaters 
involved and the revenues de- 
rived by the distributor-defend- 
ants from such theaters. 

4. The extent to which the 
theaters involved compete with 
each other for patronage. 

5. The fact that a defendant 
or an independent circuit of 
theaters has an interest in one 
or more of the theaters involved 
and should be disregarded. 

6. There should be clearance 
of theaters not in substantial 

"Big Five's" arbitration proposals 
call for arbitration on a variety of 
matters, with fines ranging from 
$250 to $500 for "conditioning" to 
$100 to $5,000 for licensing viola- 

Arbitration Proposals 

In arbitration proceedings involv- 
ing clearance violations, the "Big 
Five" proposed: 

That the power of the Arbitrator 
in each of such controversies shall 
be limited to the making of an 
award fixing the maximum clear- 
ance between the theaters involved 
which may be granted in licenses 
thereafter entered into by the dis- 
tributor-defendant which is a party 
to the arbitration, or, where the 
arbitrator finds that the theaters in- 
volved are not in substantial com- 
petition, prohibiting the granting of 
clearance between theaters in li- 
censes thereafter entered into. 

In addition, the "Big Five" proposes 
that any distrib. defendant or any 
exhib. may institute a further arbi- 
tration proceeding for a "modifica- 
tion" of the clearance decision on 
the grounds that "since the making 
of the award the conditions with re- 
spect to the theaters involved therein 

have so changed as to warrant modi- 

Full Roadshowing Rights 

Also sharply opposed to the D of 
J's position was the "Big Five's" 
proposal that defendants should have 
full "roadshowing" rights to any 
feature, including prices and "such 
terms and conditions as may be ne- 
gotiated by such defendant." 

Also opposed to the D of J's views, 
were the "Big Five's" proposals for 
expanding theater holdings. 

Defendants, the "Big Five" said, 
should be enjoined from expanding 
their theater holdings except "in the 
course of acquiring the interests of 
co-owners in jointly owned theaters 
pursuant to the provisions of su^b- 
division 3 or 4 above; provided, 
however, that nothing herein con- 
tained shall prevent an exhibitor- 
defendant from acquiring theaters or 
interests therein in order to protect 
its investment or in order to enter 
a competitive field; if, in the latter 
case, this court or the district court 
of the U. S. for the district in which 
the theater, or theaters, are located, 
shall approve the acquisition after 
due application is made therefor. 

Three Aussie Execs, of 
U. S. Companies Resign 

Sydney (By Air Mair) — Resigna- 
tions of three widely known execu- 
tives after long careers in the in- 
dustry are announced. Percy Curtis, 
after eight years as director of ad- 
vertising for RKO, leaves on Oct. 19 
and plans to visit Canada. 

Fred Gawler, NSW branch man- 
ager for Paramount, with whom he 
has been since 1929, has retired and 
is succeeded by Charles Hale who 
has been assistant manager. 

John Scully, after 17 years in the 
industry, has resigned from West 
Australian manager for Columbia. 

To FUm "Flying Dutchman" 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Hal Chester, Mono- 
gram producer, will film "The Fly- 
ing Dutchman" based on the famous 
legend. He is now negotiating for 
a color commitment for his new 
property. ft 

Wrcrther Signs Benny Berk 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Benny Berk has been 
signed by Jack Wrather Productions 
to be production manager on "The 
Guilty" which goes before the cam- 
eras Nov. 4 at Monogram. 

AFL May Grant 
SAG a Hearing 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 
notice in writing of intention to ap- 
pear. The actors came on to urge 
the AFL to set up at once machinery 
for the speedy settlement of juris- 
dictional disputes at the studios. 

Herbert K. Sorrell, CSU prexy, 
arrived here yesterday to attend the 
AFL convention and he and his as- 
sistants may be heard also at to- 
morrow's meeting of the resolutions 
committee. Richard F. Walsh, lATSE 
prexy, has been on the ground for 
several days. 

Woll's office said yesterday that 
Joseph Padway, AFL attorney, 
would defend Woll in the $1,000,000 
damage suit instituted against him 
by Myrna Loy and Orson Welles for 
his alleged communist articles. 

W. H. Strafford of the lATSE 
Photographers Local 666 filmed the 
opening of the AFL convention. 
Through the courtesy of William 
Green, AFL prexy, the film was 
televised last night over Station 

Court Restrains Picketing 
At Republic's Studios 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — ^Superior Court Judge 
Henry Willis issued a temporary re- 
straining order on behalf of Repub- 
lic limiting the number of pickets at 
all gates at the Republic studio to a 
total of 25.' 

A film worker was slugged and 
three strikers arrested as pickets 
massed forces at the gates of Colum- 
bia's studio. The brief fracas was 
witnessed by 12 members of the new 
citizens' committee, sponsored by 
Carey Mc Williams, scattered through 
the area. 

Named to ATS Program Com. 

Bruce Robertson, senior editor of 
Broadcasting Magazine, and Charles 
A. Alicoate, special rep. of The 
Film Daily, have been appointed to 
serve on the program committee of 
the American Television Society by 
Frederick Kugel, chairman, it was 
announced yesterday. 


York City, motion pictures, capital 200 shares 
no par value stock, three shares subscribed. In- 
corporated at Albany by Gary Wagner, Irving 
Maenes, Aaron L. Moses, Daniel A. Regan, |r 

York City, with capital of 100 shares no par 
value stock, three shares subscribed, to en- 
gage in motion picture business, deal in oper- 
ettas, musicals, etc. Incorporated at Albany 
by Fred C. Sander, Naomi Kaplan, teonard 

been incorporated in the State of Delaware to 
produce films and legitimate shows, with head- 
quarters at 33 North LaSalle Street, Chicaeo. 
John Gottlieb is chairman of the board; Mike 
Todd, president; and attorney Harry N. Wyatf, 



Wednesday, October 9, V. 

More British Circuit Time for U. K. Indie Film 

Major Chains to Each Take 
Up to Six Beyond Quotas; 
Selection Board Named 


London (By Cable) — Britain's 
three major theater circuits, Odeon, 
Associated British Cinemas and Gau- 
mont-British, have agreed with the 
Board of Trade to each give screen 
time to a maximum of six British 
indie pictures beyond their com- 
mitments under the Quota Act, it 
was announced yesterday. 

The agreement, it was said, oper- 
ates pending the enactment by Par- 
liament of new quota legislation in 

An official selection board is estab- 
lished to select films which will be 
productions not made or financed by 
associates of J. Arthur Rank or 
Associated British Cinema groups or 
sponsored by American companies. 

In effect, this makes 18 additional 
British pictures which the three 
major circuits will play. 

Appointed to the selection board 
are Lord Drogheda, chairman; David 
Bowes Lyon, Mrs. Alan Cameron, 
Charles Dukes, Mrs. Max Nicholson, 
R. C. G. Summervell, John Davis, 
Jack Goodlatte, Mark Ostrer, the 
last three being circuit representa- 

Allied Feeling Out 
Members on Prod'n 

(Confinued from Page 1) 

out the U. S. by Irving Dollinger, 
Allied regional vice-president and 
head of a committee to bolster new 
sources of product, it was reported 
by Ed. Lachman, president of New 
Jersey Allied, yesterday following 
a membership meeting in the Tracy- 
Trent Hotel, Trenton, N. J. 

Based on the pledges, which will 
be returned within 30 days from 
date of mailing, Allied will then 
make a commitment to a group 
which is ready to start immediate 
production of four features. This 
group is gearing itself to deliver 12 
films within a year provided the 
quality of the first four is accept- 
able to Allied. 

Since the original announcement 
of Allied's intention in this regard, 
many offers from Hollywood pro- 
ducers have been pouring in to Dol- 
linger's office. 

Questioned regarding a distribu- 
tion setup. Lachman said that every- 



pHIL L. RYAN. Producer. Born in Muscatine, Iowa, June 7, 1893. First film 
' job as Paramount salesman. District sales manager for Universal at Kansas 
City and seven other cities. Vice-President and general manager Standard Film 
Corp., Chicago and middle west. Assistant to sales mana- 
ger fcr Pathe, and then sales manager. General manager 
of Associated Exhibitors distributing Harold Lloyd films. 
Liquidated exhibitor's interest in the Associated Ex- 
hibitors and then organized and became vice-president 
and general manager of Capitol Enterprises, a theater 
circuit in the Middle West which was later sold to 
Universal. Became West Coast general manager of Pathe 
Productions and vice-president of Metropolitan Picture 
Ccrp., and Metropolitan Studios where he operated and 
supervised production. Then produced two-reel Chester 
Conklin comedies for Paramount-Publix. Organized and 
became president of Phil L. Ryan Productions, pro- 
ducing comedies for Paramount release. Left this to be- 
come production manager in direct charge of production 
for Selznick International. Served as an executive with 
Myron Selznick Agency, and then organized Terneen 
Productions starring Pat O'Brien and releasing through Columbia. Now pro- 
ducing at RKO Radio. Stands, five feet, 8 inches. Weight, 170 pounds. Eyes, 
brown. Hair, black. 

Little HeadUn€is: 

WITH AN INFORMAL UNDERSTANDING already reached that the first president of 
the United Nations Educaticn, Scientific and Cultural Organization will be the Ameri- 
can candidate, it is reliably reported here that that candidate will be former Attorney 
General Francis Biddle. Biddle, now in Nuremberg where he has served on the War 
Crimes Tribunal, is reported to have agreed to overtures fom the White House that he 
accept the post. 


MRS. BETTINA GUNCZY, council secretary of the National Board of Review of Mo- 
tion Pictures, visited the District of Columbia Motion Picture Council at the opening 
meeting of the season, yesterday, at a luncheon at Washington's Hotel Willard. She had 
been invited by Mrs. Linzel, the president, to tell members about current community 
motion pciture activity of other Councils. 

THE PARAMOUNT PICTURES CLUB (formerly the Paramount Pep Club) will stage 
its annual shindig in the grand ballroom of the Hotel Astor on Friday, Oct. 25. The 
affair to be known as the "Harvest Festival," will have a barnyard theme. 

"BATTLE OF THE RAILS," French film w 
ternational Prize at the Cannes International 
for distribution in the U. S. 

hich has just been awarded the Grand In- 
Film Festival, has been acquired by Metro 

MAX SWETT, Stewart, Chicago Variety 
Club, is in Michael Reese Hospital for sur- 

thing was still in a fluid stage and 
would depend upon the report after 
the pledges are in. 

Mis-Allocation of Films 
Discussed by N. J. Allied 

A practice of mis-allocating films 
due to the current shortage of prod- 
uct, which was termed "artificial" 
was under discussion by more than 
60 exhibitor-members of N. J. Allied 
Tracy-Trent Hotel, Trenton, N. J., 

The allocation of films into higher 
brackets, which ordinarily would be 
set in the lower ones, was attributed 
to a total expectancy of 300 films 
this year as against 761 released in 
1939, it was pointed out by Ed 
Lachman, president, in an interview 
following the two-session meeting. 
The 300 figure which includes west- 
emsmoffers a burdensome outlook 
to Ifbuses with more than three 
changes weekly, he added. 

The group went on record approv- 
ing the five resolutions passed at the 
national organization's convention in 
Boston last month, and also voice 
its disagreement with the percentage 
increases on re-issues which exhibi- 

tors are forced to play due to the 
product shortage. Lachman also re- 
ported on the feeling that New Jer- 
sey should not be forced to institute 
censorship laws, now under proposal 
by a group of Methodist ministers, 
because of the showing of one film, 
namely "The Outlaw." There are 
enough exhibitors who have_ indi- 
cated their refusal to play this film 
in their communities to offset any 
reason for establishing State cen- 

In addition to the discussion and 
protest against the increase of li- 
cense fees as exemplified in the re- 
cent rise from 25 cents to $1 per seat 
in Morristown, N. J., the group 
voiced its sentiments against the 
overlapping sales drives running 
concurrently among many of the 
major companies, "sandbagging" ex- 
hibitors into ruinous prices and play- 
off periods. 

Metro \o Show Two 

M-G-M will tradeshow "The 
Mighty McGurk" and "My Brother 
Talks to Horses" Nov. 18 in all ex- 
changes except Washington where 
the screenings will be held Nov. 21. 
No release dates have been set. 

MPTOA Will Offer 

(Continued from Page 1) 

tion leaders are here for twoCn) 
of conferences during which the> 
discuss both the plaintiff's and 
defendants' proposals. 

The association executives ii 
cated that they were not in ace 
with several of the Governmei 
recommendations, especially the : 
posal for bidding only on exclu: 
runs and the suggestion that arbit 
tion be eliminated. The MPTOA t^ 
the position that no action would 
taken on divorcement, circuit 
pansion and cross-licensing on 
premise that those issues were 
Government concern and not th 
of independent exhibitors or assoc 
Doesn't Help "Fluid" Distributi 

Herman Levy, counsel for the 
ganization and spokesman for 
meetings, said the Government's p 
posals set up exclusive secoi 
third- and fourth-runs, which, 
said, did not add to the ' f luidi 
of distribution. 

The leaders voted unanimously 
oppose the Government's proposai 
eliminate arbitration and, in tu 
made a counter-proposal. 

Opposition to industry arbitrat 
was expressed on the grounds t 
such arbitrators could tend to 
biased. Therefore, it was propo 
that on complaints the distribut 
defendant select an arbitrator i 
che exhibitor do likewise. In 
event that no agreement \ 
reached, then both arbitrators wo 
select a third arbitrator. 

The opposition to competitive t 
ding, previously expressed by 
MPTOA, remains unchanged, it v 

Kaymann Elected to Board 

Clarence Kaymann was elected 
the board of directors for East 
Missouri and Southern Illinois, s 
ceeding Fred Wehrenberg who y; 
elected president last June. 

The directors and officers w< 
into a night session last night 
continue their discussions. They i 
pected to complete their delibe 
tions today when a session with R 
ert L. Wright, special assistant 
the Attorney General, is schedul- 
The proposed forum on indusi 
problems also will be considered 



DIXIE THEATER, Athens, Tex., after remodel 
DRIVE-IN THEATER, Bcevllle. Tex. 
TEXAS THEATER, Cunther, Tex. 
VICTORY, Louisville, Ala., after renovation. 
CROWN, iManchester, N. H.. after Summer c 

M. F. Production Dist. 
28 V/. 44th St. 21st floor 
New York N. Y. 

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. 90. NO. 72 




of J Offers Trade on Decree to New York Court 

.1 Support Auction 
|ng in Exchange for 
I on Cross-Licensing 


ington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

lashington — The Depart- 

;it of Justice will not support 
tion selling proposals unless 
Jew York court will also grant 
[1 on cross-licensing among the 
iidants, MPTOA leaders were 
(Continued on Page 10) 

I Coaxial Cable 
lenslon for Tele 

>ic position of the Bell System 
Lie vision, and plans for expan- 
I :)f its coaxial cables and relays 
rmit, eventually, Coast to Coast 
programs, are expected to be 
sed tomorrow when L. G. Wood- 
general manager of the long 
dept. of American Telephone & 
; (Continued on Page 6) 

'is Sails Oct. 25 for 
\r of Europe for MPEA 

ing Maas, vice-president and 
'a\ manager of Motion Picture 
-rt Assn., will sail Oct. 25 on 
jirst voyage out of the Queen 
(Continued on Page 6) 

|S Programs in IGnttn 
Already Set by WB 

-Under its plan for supplying 16 
ji. films to the foreign field, War- 
is is releasing the pictures in 
"•bination programs cons'sfing of 
eature and a short, with 18 such 
(grams already completed for dis- 
•ution in Latin-America, where 
company's 16 mm. activities 
re launched recently, 
'tistributirn of 16 mm. versions by 
■rners, under the supervision of 
C. Brauninger. is expected to be 
:ed on a world-wide basis in the 
ir future. European plans in this 
^^nection are now being worked 

Proposal Gap Said 
Lihe Equator, Pole 

Washington Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — The contrast be- 
tween the defendants' proposals f r 
a final decree and those of the Gov- 
ernment is about as sharp as that be- 
tween the weather at the North Pole 
and the Equator, Abram F. Myers, 
Allied general counsel, said here yes- 

"The defendants' proposals," My- 
ers told THE FILM DAILY, "would, 
in my judgment, permit them to con- 
tinue to license films and operate 
their theaters just as they have in 
the past and without regard to the 
reforms which the court said should 
be instituted." 

Auction Selling to 
Be Benefidal— Day 

Exhibitor opposition to auction 
selling on the ground that theater 
operators cannot compete for pro- 
duct against the larger resources of 
the major circuits and their affiliates 
is largely unjustified, it was con- 

(Continued on Page 11) 

Isidore, Maurice Ostrer 
Form New Producing Co. 

London (By Cable) — Isidore Os- 
trer, former chairman of Gaumont- 
British Picture Corp., with his broth- 
er, Maurice, also long identified with 
(Continued on Page 3) 

No Evidence to Prove Buying Po"wer of Defendants 
Was Used to Stifle Competition; Holds Gov't Failed 
To Prove Over-buying or Distributor Coercion 

By LORETTA G. BRADLEY FILM DAILY, Staff Correspondent 

Oklahoma City — Griffith Amusement Co. and related circuits, 
with approximately 40 houses in eight states, yeterday were 
found not guilty of anti-trust violations in a far-reaching opin- 
ion handed down by Judge Edgar S. 
Vaught in Western Oklahoma Fed- 
eral District Court. 

Judge Vaught's 38-page opinion, 
in effect, broke sharply with a rul- 
ing made by a New York court in 
the Paramount anti-trust case. The 
suit was filed April 28, 1939, and 
until shortly before the trial last 
year defendants also included five 
major and three minor distributors. 
Belief was expressed that, in 
(Continued on Page 10) 

AFL Planning End of 
Jurisdidional Rows 

Chicago — Despite the long-stand- 
ing rule not to accept resolutions 
unless filed 30 days before conven- 
tion time, the AFL convention, by 
unanimous consent, accepted the 
SAG resolution yesterday afternoon. 
President William Green, referring 
to the SAG resolution, said that AFL 
would set up within the motion pic- 
ture industry and other industries 
means for considering and setting up 
machinery to ensure peaceful settle- 
ment, without work stoppage, of all 
(Continued on Page 6) 

MPTOA's Indies Okay 
An All-Industry Fonmi 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington^ — Leaders in the inde- 
pendent ranks of the MPTOA yes- 
terday gave their approval to the 
proposal for an All-Industry Forum. 
The plan was advanced by Fred 
Wehrenberg, president, following the 
Allied convention which he attended 
in Boston last month. The forum 
(Continued on Page 3) 

MPTOA ^Okays^ Arbitration 

Accepts Distrib. Proposal With Exceptions 

Price Film Rep. at NAB 
Freedom of Speech Panel 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Byron Price, MPAA 
vice-president, will represent the mo- 
tion picture industry before the 24th 
annual convention of the National 
Association of Broadcasters in a 
panel discussion on "Do We Have 
(Continued on Page 3) 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington— The MPTOA board 
of directors and regional unit lead- 
ers, following an entire morning 
session devoted to consideration of 
the distributor decree proposals, re- 
vealed yesterday that the national 
exhibitor organization "welcomes" 
the distrib. proposals on arbitration, 
(Continued on Page 11) 

Hear Film Classics 
in Swllch fo New Pix 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — A move is in progress 
for the reorganization of Film Clas- 
sics, Inc., which would switch its 
policy from re-issues to the distribu- 
tion of new films, it was learned here 
yesterday. Negotiations are under 
way for the purchase of a studio, in 
line with plans for establishing the 
(Continued on Page 3) 

Michael Curtiz Prods. 
To Release Through WB 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — The newly formed 
Michael Curtiz Productions will pro- 
duce 14 pictures which Warner Bros, 
will release, according to the terms 
(Continued on Page 10) 

Warners to Re-issue 
''Kings Row'* in iVov. 

"Kings Row," Warners' big grosser 
of the 1941-42 season, will be re- 
issued next month. It has been ten- 
tatively set for its New York return 
run srme time in November at the 
Victoria Theater. Several other pix, 
not yet announced, are skedded for 
national re-issues. 

Thursday, October 10, 

Vol. 90, No. 72 Thurs., Oct. 10, 1946 10 Cents 
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and General Manager 



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cominG flno goihg 

SPYROS P. SKOURAS, president of 20th-Fox, 
retuined from tne Coast yesierday. He was ac- 
companied by his assistant, Li.M jOhcS. 

NcD E. DEPINET arrives in Brussels Satur- 
day in company with PHIL REISMAN, to confer 
thire with KOPeit b. Woiff, kKO managing direc- 
tor in the United Kingdom, before rerurning to 
New York by Trans-Atlantic plane Oct. 16. 

DAVID NIVEN will visit England with his two 
sons before returning to star in Samuel Gold- 
wyn's "The Bishop's Wife." 

SAM LEcKOWllZ, WB Eastern district mana- 
ger, and JULES LAPIDJS, Eastern division sales 
manager, "planed in and planed out" of Al- 
bany after a stop at Film Row on trips to Al- 
bany and Buffalo. 

HARRY K. McWILLIAMS, Columbia exploi- 
tation manager, took oft yesterday for Cincy to 
set up the local campaign on "The Jolson 
Story." He returns tomorrow. 

WiLLIAM Z. PORTER, Monogram auditor, 
left the Coast for Salt Lake City yesterday on 
the start of a checkup tour of several branches, 
and will return to Hollywood for the Christ- 
mas holidays. 

kDDiE ClINE, director of Monogram's "Bring- 
ing Up Father," will arrive here at the end of 
the mcnth from the Coast to attend a special 
opening of the picture. 

HAKkY HOfKiNi, M-C-M St. Louis salesman 
and his wife are in New York on a vacation trip. 

NICK TRONOLONE, Pathe Lab vice-president, 
will leave for Hollywood today. After a few 
days on the Coast he will proceed to the 
Churubusco Studios near Mexico City to in- 
spect the laboratory being erected there by 
Pathe for RKO. 

WILLIAM PiZOR, foreign manager for Screen 
Guild Prods., left New York yesterday for Chi- 
cago executive conferences. 

MAURY GOLDSTEIN, Monogram's director of 
sales, returns today frcm a quick trip to Philly. 

J. E. FONTAINE, Paramount's Washington 
branch manager, has arrived for conferences 
with Earle W. Sweigert, Mideastern division 
sales manager. 

HARRY HAAS, Paramount's branch manager in 
Charlotte, is in New York conferring with Hugh 
Owen, Eastern and Southern division sales man- 

HENRY W. HAUSTEIN, Paramount's Portland 
branch manager, is in town for conferences 
with George A. Smith, Western division sales 


^__ (Wed., Oct. 9) — 


High Low Close 

Am. Seat 201/4 19% 19% 

Bell & Howell .18 18 18 

Columbia Picts 241/4 22 23 

Columbia Picts. pfd. 86 86 86 

East. Kodak 203 201 201 

do pfd. . 194 194 194 

Gen. Prec. Eq 26 24% 2454 

Loew's, Inc 26% 26 26 

Paramount 295/8 ^81/2 285/8 

RKO I6I/4 ISVj 151/7 

Republic Picts BVs 7Vi 75/^ 

P»iublic Picts. pfd. 141/2 14 14 
20th Century-Fox ... 4134 40 40 
20th Century-Fox pfd. 51% 5134 51 3/4 

Universal Pict 303^ 29 29 

Universal Picts. pfd.. BB'/a 871/2 87V2 

Warner Bros I8V4 171/2 171/i 


Monogram Picts 6 55/8 55/8 ■ 

Padio-Keith cvs. . SS/g 5'/? SVn ■ 

Sonotone Corp. 334 3',4 314 ■ 

Technicolor 15% 15 15 

Trans-Lux 434 41/, 4Vi • 



P'the Industries 6'/i 

Cinecolor 5% 


— 11/2 

— 3 

— 4 

— 1 

— IIA 

— % 

— 1% 

— 3/8 

— 5/8 

— 2 

— IV2 

— l'/2 
+ V4 

— % 

— 3^ 

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— Va 

— Vi 

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Zimmerman to be Hosted 

William Zimmerman, RKO Radio 
sales exec, will be honored by his 
associates at a cocktail party in the 
Ritz Carlton today upon the occa- 
sion of his approaching: marriage. 
Robert Mochrie, RKO Radio vice- 
president, heads the committee which 
also consists of Walter Branson, Nat 
Levy and D. J. Loventhal. 

SWG Again Bids Johnston 
Explain French Film Pact 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM D.4ILY 

Hollywood — A second invitation 
has been extended Eric A. Johnston, 
president of the MPAA, to come 
here and appear before a meeting 
of The Screen Writers Guild and ex- 
plain in detail all phases of the 
French film agreement. 

Emmet Lavery, president of SWG, 
has reaffirmed the stand of his or- 
ganization that the agi-eement im- 
posed upon the French government 
was unfair to the French film indus- 
try and not of a character to create 
international good will or help 
American prestige abroad. 

Lavery specifically called John- 
ston's attention to the recent report 
by William Wells, UNRRA film 
chief, who has gone on record de- 
claring the State Department policy 
of seeking favorable agreements for 
the American film industry abroad 
was creating resentment and ani- 
mosity against the U. S. 

Petrillo Trial Nov. 4 

Chicago — Trial of James C. Pe- 
trillo, AFM prexy, under the Lea 
Act has been set for Nov. 4 by Fed- 
eral Judge Walter J. Labuy. U. S. 
Attorney Albert Woll says that the 
American Civil Liberties Union com- 
mittee wants to intervene in the 
case, claiming that the Lea Act at- 
tacks freedom of speech. 

GEORGE WEISS, of the 20th-Fox studio pub- 
licity staff, arrived from the Coast yesterday for 
a week's stay. 

LlUA KAjcR, head of RKO Radio's Eastern 
Story Department, has returned from an as- 
signment to London. 

MAX GRttNWALD, secretary - treasurer of 
The ResTt Theaters Co., Cleveland, and MRS. 
GREENWALD, leave this week to spend the 
Winter in Dallas, Tex. 

MR. and MRS. TED CAMPIS, owners of the 
Priscilla Theater, Detroit, are driving to Floii- 
da, en route to a six-month vacation in Cali- 

HARRY HILLIER, operator. Strand, Detroit, is 
moving to Florida permanently on account of 
his health. 

MOLLY DAVIS, of the M-C-M Cleveland, 0., 
office staff leaves tomorrow for a two-week 
vacation trip to the Coast. 

EDWARD NORRIS, co-star of Monogram's 
"Decoy," has returned to Hollywood from Chi- 
cago conferences with his partners in North 
American Airlines. 

W. C. DeVRY, president of DeVry Corp., will 
attend the 60th annual SMPE convention in 
Hollywood Oct. 21-25, from Chicago. 

FREDERICK BRISSON, president of Independent 
Artists, Inc., producing firm, arrived on the 
Coast yesterday. 

JOHNNY MACK BROWN, Monogram western 
star, who has been appearing as guest of honor 
in Portland, Ore., at the Paci'ic International 
Livestock Show, returned to Hollywood yester- 

IRENE DUNNE has arrived in New York from 
the Coast. 

RUDY BERGER, M-C-M Southern sales mana- 
ger, is due from New Orleans in about 10 davs. 

JOHN E. FLYNN, M-G-M Midwestern sales 
manager, arrives from his Chicago headquarters 
today for a five-day visit here. 

AL 0. BONDY. G. E. film distributor, will 
leave here today on tour of Albany, Buffalo, 
Cleveland, Detroit and Chicago. 

EARLE BEATTY, of M-C-M's home oHice 
legal staff leaves today for Seattle on a three- 
week business trip. 

HERMAN RIPPS, M-G-M district manager, 
has returned to his Albany headquarters after 
a home office visit. 

Zimbalist to Leave FC ^ 
To Edit PRC Press Book^ 

Al Zimbalist will leave his posi- 
tion as advertising and publicity di- 
rector of Film Classics, Inc., Oct. 21 
to become press book editor of the 
New PRC Pictures, Inc., it was an- 
nounced yesterday by Arnold Stoltz, 
national director of advertising and 

Prior to his current affiliation 
Zimbalist spent four years in the 
publicity and exploitation depart- 
ment of RKO Theaters, and was as- 
sociated with Warner's Philadelphia 
theaters as publicity manager for 
five years. He also operated the Ritz, 
Lindhurst, N. J., and the Regent 
Theater, Kearney, N. J.; and is the 
author of "Sweet Georgia Brown," 
now being produced by RKO. 

European Film Mart Today 
De Rochemont Ampa Topic 

Richard de Rochemont, March of 
Time producer, will speak on ''The 
European Film Market Today," at 
the next luncheon meeting of Ampa 
to be held next Thursday at the 
Town Hall Club, 123 W. 43rd St. 
Rutgers Neilson will preside in com- 
pany with Phil Williams. 

Bettis Dies on Visit 

El Paso, Tex. — Frank Bettis, man- 
ager of the Crawford, died while on 
a visit to Alamagordo, N. M. 

SOPEG Meeting Continued 

With the exception that an 
meeting will be held tomorrc 
continue talks on rejected cot i 
terms applying to four exchangi 
tween Screen Office and Profes; 
Employes Guild representative: 
major company officials, no : 
ment was issued relative to y< 
day's meeting. SOPEG rep- 
tion in the talks will be n' 
down to one employe from eac 
change and a union official. 

Ascap to Report Finances 

The president's and treasurer 
ports for the first six months o 
year will be given at Ascap': 
eral semi-annual meeting in the 
Carlton Hotel today at 2:45 p.rr 



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'Three Little Girls in Blue' 

Plus on Stage — BEATRICE KAY;. 

Mary Raye 

Extra! M auric* I 

iMrsday, October 10, 1946 


& to Release Seven 
»iore Year's End 

I J. Unger, UA's genex-al sales 
iUger, announced yesterday that 
^^mpany will release seven pic- 

1 between now and the end of the 

I ,'thus fulfilling the promise made 

j UA's sales convention last 


jhe seven new features, added to 
two already released, namely 

jrew Stone's 'Bachelor's Daugh- 
,'" and Charles R. Rogers' "Angel 

[My Shoulder," will make a total 

line for the final quarter of 1946. 

'mty-seven other releases will 
r!id out the season's program with 

jroximately nine pictures scVied- 
I quarterly from January through 

tember, 1947. 

•'he seven pictures that will be 
'lased before year's end are: 
iiiet Productions' "Little Iodine," 
■ t Stromberg's "Strange Woman," 
j along Cassidy Productions' "The 
'lil's Playground," Seymour Ne- 
jjial's "The Chase," Preston Stur- 
61 "The Sin of Harold Diddlebock," 
riiet Productions' "Susie Steps 
.|," and Bing Crosby Producers' 
~j\e's Irish Rose." 

iport UA Board Okay 
r Pickford-Cowan Pix 

'mited Artists board at a meet- 
on Tuesday is reported to have 
i/ed a distribution deal for the 

-to be made jointly by Mary Pick- 

and Lester Cowan. Number of 

ures, however, remains to be 

• rmined. 
oard is reported at the session 

'Iso have discussed several names 
the post of executive vice-presi- 

k, among them that of Arthur W. 
y, a former UA vice-prexy. 

bian Signs for UA's 
idre 1946-47 Lineup 

^in Juan, P. R. (By Cable)— Ra- 
Cobian, leading P. R. circuit op- 
or, has closed a deal for UA's 
re line-up for the 1946-47 season, 
pal assures UA's product of ex- 
iled runs in Cobian's two key the- 
in San Juan, the Paramount 
the Metropolitan, as well as 
ijierred playing time in his entire 
n of 23 houses. 

Iialter Gould, UA foreign m;in- 
I, confirmed the deal here yes- 


Oct. 10 
homas J. Martin Claude Rains 

ISunset Carson Edwin H. Wolk 

IWilliam Henry T. Kennedy Stevenson 
Estlier Dale Irving L. Cillman 


Thursday's TattUngs 

• • CUFF NOTES: Spyros P. Skouras, 20th-Fox prexy, will 
launch the Greek War Relief Association's $12,000,000 fund-raising cam- 
paign at a two-day convention which opens at Chicago's Palmer House 
on the 19th. ... • J. Robert Rubin, vice-prexy and general counsel 
for Loew's, is vacationing in Durham, N. C. . . . • Culver City expects 
Nicholas M. Schenck, Loew's prexy, in for his periodic visit at the month 
end. ... • Four magazines in the Hillman Detective Group will in- 
augurate a new dept.. "Best Motion Picture Mystery of the Month," with 

the issues for January next Two top mystery pix of the month 

will be reviewed. ... • Bernard Payne, Jr. of Visual Communications, 
Inc. and Modern Talking Pictures, Cleveland, has acquired a large slice 
of a salmon fishing camp at Rogue River, Oregon, where the guests 
not only catch the iish, but the nearby canneries put up their catch in 
monogrammed and dated cans. ... # Mildred Horn has completed 

the script for a sequel to Hygienic Productions "Mom and Dad" 

It was written under the title of "Only Heaven Knows," but it seems 

Al Rogell claims the same title So it's a matter for the lawyers to 

decide. ... # Joseph Edward, who is hearing the Oriental Theater 
case in Chicago as special master, has been appointed permanent 
master in chancery. ... • Harold Greenberg of Poughkeepsie's Para- 
mount breezed into town in his brand new special ultra Packard job. . . . 

• Dave Dubin threw a big shindig last night for exchange and sales 
boys at the grand re-opening of his Strand Theater in North Tarrytown 
Dubin used to run the Grand Central Newsreel Theater in N'Yawk. 

• Called upon to speak at a recent UA luncheon in his honor. Pro- 
ducer Walter Wanger, notified beforehand that Grad Sears and Ed 

RaJtery would be absent because of a board meeting, craoked 

"Sorry to see that the boys couldn't join us But, then, I suppose, 

they've got more important business up at those Nuremburg fiials" 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • THIS AND THAT: Don't be surprised if a met. area theater 
circuit acquires its own candy factory. ... • Motion picture ad- 
vertisers using one-minute radio spot announcements, who have films 
breaking between now and Nov. 5, will be wise to reserve tho time de- 
sired immediately, in order to counter the air time demand by political 
parlies during this period. ... • That Washington report to the effect 
workings of the Webb-Pomerene Act may go under scrutiny by the 
House Small Business Committee's monopoly subcommittee reminds 
that the D of J's anti-trust division has long been skeptical about the 
Federal Trade Commission's administration of the Webb-Pomerene ex- 
port corporate groups, such as the MPEA 

T ▼ ▼ 

• • • NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S course in motion picture the- 
ater management doesn't necessarily attract newcomers. . . .Michael Zala, 
who servea^as instructor of the course, has made some interesting ob- 
servations during the last academic year Most students enrolling or 

writing for information from all over the globe are working theater mana- 
gers According to Zala, this emphasizes the need for theoretical 

training which, he says, the industry has neglected to provide He 

asserts that most of the managers "feel frustroted due to the ever-grow- 
ing centralization of managerial duties to home office experts" 

Newcomers, he adds, can't acquire more than a superficial knowledge 

of duties formerly performed by old-timers Consequently, a drop 

in business will find theater executives frantically searching for box 

office builders with very lit-tle success, Zala contends Surprising 

and encouraging was the response by personnel from branches of the 

industry closely allied to exhibition Recognizing the need for 

knowledge of exhibitors' problems, bookers, salesmen, secretaries, projec- 
tionists, publicists and attorneys journeyed weekly to the classrooms. 

Hear Film Classics 
In Swilch lo New Pix 

(Continued from Page 1) 
company's distribution on an inter- 
national basis. 

Joseph Auerbach, holder of a 
large block of FC stock, will place 
three new film;, which will be pro- 
duced shortly, into the new setup 
for distribution. Auerbach is re- 
ported to own three studios and two 
railroads in Czechoslovakia. 

MPTOA's Indies Okay 
An All-Industry Forum 

(Continued from Page 1) 

would not be put into operation un- 
til after the final decree has been 
entered in the New York anti-trust 

Under the plan, representatives of 
all exhibitor as;ociations would 
meet periodically with heads of the 
distributing companies to discuss 
and settle, if possible, various indus- 
try problems. Eric A. Johnston, 
MPAA prexy, has agreed to serve as 

MPTOA leaders expressed the 
opinion here yesterday that such 
forums, if entered into sincerely, 
would save many trips to the court 

Price Film Rep. at NAB 
Freedom of Speech Panel 

(Continued from Page 1) 
Freedom of Speech in the U. S.?" 
With Edgar Kobak, president of 
the Mutual Broadcasting System as 
moderator, the panel discussion will 
be held on Oct. 23. In addition to 
Price, the panel will include John S. 
Knight, president of the American 
Society of Newspaper Editors, and 
A. D. Willard, Jr., executive vice- 
president of NAB. ' 

Isidore, Maurice Ostrer 
Form New Producing Co. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

^he Gaumont interests, have organ- 
ized an indie film producing com- 
pany, Premiere Prods., Ltd. 

Tha Oscrers expect to start their 
first feature shooting in June next. 

As its first star. Premier has 
signed Michael Rennie. 

Guy W. Morlin Dies 

South Bend, Ind — Guy W. Martin, 
56, city manager for the Balaban & 
Katz theater chain, which operates 
the Colfax, Granada, State and Pal- 
ace theaters here, died in St. Joseph 
hospital where he had been ill for a 
week following an appendectomy. 
Death was caused by pneumonia 
which developed after the operation. 

Mich. Variety Club Moves 

Detroit— Variety Club of Michigan 
will hold a private housewarming in 
its new quarters on the Hotel Tuller 
on Saturday, with a public house- 
warming to follow later. 




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Thursday, October 10, ]■ 

AFL Planning End of 
Jurisdidional Rows 

(G}ntinued from Page 1) 

jurisdictional disputes between vari- 
|)us unions involved in such disputes. 

Pat Somerset of SAG, Paul Dull- 
'.ell of AAAA, George Heller of 
?lFRA, all delegates to the conven- 
don, introduced the SAG resolution 
sponsored by the Hollywood commit- 
tee headed by Robert Montgomery 
and George Murphy. 

The resolutions committee will re- 
port next Monday on the SAG reso- 

Edward Ernold, Gene Kelly, Dick 
Powell, June Ally; on, George Mur- 
jhy, Pat Somerset, Buck Harris and 
>thers will remain on the job to see 
<;he resolution through the conven- 
tion proceedings. 

Temporary Order Limits 
Pickets at Columbia to 25 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Superior Judge Henry 
Willis has issued a temporary re- 
straining order on behalf of Colum- 
bia limiting the number of pickets 
to 25 overall, returnable on Oct. 18. 

The pickets used new tactics yes- 
terday, snarling traffic so that non- 
strikers could not enter the lot at 
Columbia. However, the pickets, who 
have used a line of 40 or 50 auto- 
mobiles and double-parked on Peach- 
wood Ave., were dispersed and four 
autos taken away for impounding. 
Twenty-five drivers were cited for 
creating a traffic hazard. 

Shortly after 7 a.m. most of the 
400 pickets moved to the Gower St. 
entrance to the Columbia studio 
where buses unloaded passengers but 
created no disorder. 

A rumor that the strike would be 
settled by tomorrow was said by a 
CSU spokesman to be without foun- 

TelliuiS About Tele 

/^BS' campaign to put color television on the commercial map was stepped up yester- 
^-^ day when the FCC scheduled a hearing on the subject begmning December 9. . . . 
• Outlining the new system of airborne television and fM transmission being de- 
veloped by Westinghouse Eiectric Corp. and Glenn L. Martin Co., Cnaries E. N-bles, 
Westinghouse engineer, declares a Stratovision Coast-to-Coast hook-up is capable of 
broadcasting four television and five FM network programs simultaneously to 78 per 
cent cf the population of the U. S. . . . • Dr. Feter C. Goldmark, director of en- 
gineering research and development of CBS is the authority for the statement that po- 
tential brilliance of color television pictures has been increased 11 t.mes over that in 
January, due to the development and use of a new set of color filters and an increase 
in the number of frames per second. ... • William B. Lodge, CtJS director cf general 
engineering affir.Tis that seven months' intensive scientific exploration of the 
frequencies justifies the conclusion that they provide a technically sound transmissi-n 
medium for a television broadcasting service for three major reasons; 1, a radiated power 
-f 10-Kilowatts from an antenna in the Chrysler BIdg. will satisfactory tele- 
visicn reception for more than 90 per cent of those living within 50 miles, with hopes 
for future improvements increasing these figures; 2, the ultra-high frequencies permit 
control of the "ghost" problem; 3, the u-h f band is virtually free cf man-made inter- 
ference and completely free of natural static. ... 9 A post-war RCA television trans- 
mitter, completely new in design, has been placed in production. It is the first designed 
for use on all 12 channels assigned by the FCC to commercial television in metropolitan 
areas. ... • Joseph E. Bayne, general sales manager cf the Plymouth d. vision of 
Chrysler Corp., told a WRGB audience that television would do much to augment auto- 
mobile advertising and that an interesting possibility of the future would be automob.le 
shows via telecast which would enable millions simultaneously to see new models. . . . 
OThe BBC's m.bile television unit will cover the Ascot race track Saturday for the in- 
auguration of the King George VI Stakes. ...» WABD, which already telecasts 
thrice weekly boxing and wrestling from Jamaica Arena and the games of the football 
Yankees from Yankee Stadium, has been granted exclusive coverage of all attractions 
from Uline Arena, Washington, D. C, whose almost nightly attractions include pro- 
fessional and amateur icehockey, professional and amateur basketball, icecapades, 
boxing, wrestling, the rodeo and the circus. ... •The silent continuous INS tape 
on Du Mont television is virtually an instantaneous broadcast of the news as it is received 
and easily beats the radio networks in their news broadcasts which are quiet from 
three to five. ... • Raymond Bud Gamble, Du Mont televisicn producer, and Paula 
Seligman have just completed a script for television, "Wide is the Gate . . ." on atomic 
energy with elements cf entertainment and satire ala the current Broadway play, State 
of the Union " Several of the film companies have already shown interest in the script for 
motion pictures. ...» Teleran (Television-Radar-Air Navigation) is being developed 
by RCA scientists and engineers in co-operation with the AAF. It is the largest single de- 
velopment project in progress at RCA While the system makes use of the years of 

experience of RCA in televisi:n and radar research, the idea behind the development was 
originated by Loren F. Jones, manager of research and development projects m the en- 
gineering product department, RCA Victor Division, Camden. N. J. 

American Theaters, Inc. 
Add Watervliet Grand 

Albany — The fourth theater of the 
American Theatres, Inc., circuit will 
be opened to the public Friday when 
the Grand, Watervliet, re-opens. 
Samuel E. Rosenblatt, president, ac- 
quired the 480-seat house a year ago. 
It has been re-equipped. Edward 
Christie will manage. 

$200,000 "Chase" Budget 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Seymour Nebenzal has 
set a $200,000 advertising budget for 
the Robert Cummings starrer, "The 
Chase," which will be released in 

Bell Coaxial Cable 
Extension for Tele 


JOHN RADZICKI has resigned as mana- 
ger of the Ol.ver Theaters, Detr'it, and 
will take an extended vacation because of 
poor health. 

PRC Will Use New Sneak | Maas Sails Oct. 25 for 
Preview Techniques Tour of Europe for MPEA 

(Continued from Page 1) 
Elizabeth on a six-week tour of 

Maas will hold a four-day meet- 
ing in Paris with MPEA managers 
Arnold C. Childhouse, Holland; Mor- 
ris Goodman, Germany; Wolfgang 
WoK, Austria; Louis Kanturek, 
Czechoslovakia; Dr. Nicholas Palug- 
yay, Hungary, and Nicholas Cazazis, 
Rumania. The meetings are sched- 
uled for Nov. 3-7. There will also 
be meetings in Paris with European 
managers of MPEA member com- 

Following the meeting-s Maas will 
go to Amsterdam, Prague, Buda- 
pest and Bucharest to co-ordinate 
and integrate MPEA activities. He 
will also visit the American-occupied 
zones of Austria and Gemiany to 
survey military government control 
of film release and distribution. 

Harry H. Thomas, president and 
general sales manager of the New 
PRC, is introducing "sneak preview" 
techniques to the exploitation field, 
according to Arnold Stoltz, PRC's 
national director of advertising, pub- 
licity, and exploitation. 

Careful sampling of audience reac- 
tions to quality pix, plus boxoffiee 
returns, will serve as gauge of the 
various campaigns. Survey results 
will be available to all exhibs. play- 
ing PRC product. 

First trial campaign was held in 
Atlantic City. Medium budget was 
set up on "Her Sister's Secret," 
using press book ads, radio spot an- 
nouncements, and a newspaper con- 
test tie-up with a leading florist. 
Campaign's efficiency was borne out 
by two and a half times normal busi- 
ness, dezpite bad weather in the out- 
of-season resort town. 

Campaigns will also be tested at 
Warner's Metropolitan, Washington, 
D. C. today, and at RKO's Grand in 
Cincinnati on Oct. 18. 

South Waco House Opens 

Waco, Tex. — The new Melrose The- 
ater at 12th and Spreight Sts. in 
South Waco, has opened. 

Seeks Carnera-Galento 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Hal Chester is nego- 
tiating with Primo Camera and 
■Pony Galento for roles in "A Guy 
Named Joe Palooka" which Chester 
will produce for Monogram. 

(Continued from Page 1) 
Telegraph addresses the TBA 
conference which opens today s 

Both in tele industry and Wall 
circles, there is strong belief ti- 
the coming AT&T financing 
linked to its television program, i 
pected to embrace, among otb 
things, extension of the coaxial cal 

Two-day conference's jam-pack 
agendum includes a roster of 
speakers, representing all phase^ 
che industry. More than 1,200 ex 
i;ives from many fields, as well : 
large delegation of educators t 
expected to attend the sessions. 

"Is Television Necessary?" i; 
title of Edgar Kobak's speech, sc 
uled for today's opening ses.- 
Kobak is head of MBS. 

Others to be heard during the 
day session: Farnsworth's ^ 
President Ernest H. Vogel, who 
speak on "Television, a New P' 
Service"; Newark University's fo- 
er president. Dr. Frank Kingdon v 
speak on 'Good Taste in Televisi 
Programming"; U. S. N. Commanc 
Bonny Powell will discuss another i 
pect in "What Can Documema 
Programs Do for the Student a 
How Television Can Contribute." 
V. Kaltenborn will serve as mc 
erator of the Educational Panel. 

In another panel meeting tomorr 
afternoon, ad agency representati's 
will cover the various phases of vid 
commercials. John Allen of M; 
schalk & Pratt will talk on "T 
Film Approach to Preparing a Te 
vision Commercial." Other top 
are: "The Live Talent Approach 
Building a Television Commercia 
by K. A. L. Foster of William E; 
& Co.; 'Six Years Experience w 
One Client's Commercials," by D 
McClure of N. W. Ayer Co. 

Conference banquet will be h( 
tonight when the annual TI 
Awards of Merit will be forma 
presented by Paul Raibourn, pre 
dent of Television Prods., Inc., Pai 
mount affiliate. 



Cleveland, 0.— William S. Shi 
tin, UA branch manager, and il 
Shartin, have announced the enga| 
ment of their daughter. Iris, • 
Howard Goldstone of Chicago. Th 
are holding an engagement rece 
tion at their home, 2563 Femvi 
Road, University Heights, on Oct. 


Chicago— "Chick" Evans, UA pj ; 
licity rep. here, announces that | ' 
daughter, Shirlie, will be marri 
Saturday, at St. Jerome's ChuP 
to Edward Planert, Jr. 



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THE first contribution of Leo Spitz and William Goetz to the 
Universal-International program should get the new combine off 
to a Hying start at box-offices. Beyond living up to the highest 
standards of psychological mystery melodrama, it emerges as the screen's \ x OIJ 
most penetrating study of twins and, beyond that, as a heart-breaking' .^ ^^ 
exposition of human jealousy. Thus, all sorts of audiences, attracted by - ^iHUU® 

the drawing power of Olivia de Havilland and Lew Ayres, undoubtedly j 

will find this a good film to shudder through, to weep at and to' discuss c ^V;0, Oct. 

after seeing. 1 1'' "^ '^ ''' ^'^^^^ "-"""' 

Nunnally Johnson's screenplay and production are almost impeccable, i ' \^ e- rotue Ea' 

breathing simplicity and warmth at every turn into what might have (_^, ^ q> ^^ - 

been pretty academic material. And Robert Siodmak's talent for directing j car re t .. > 

this sort of thing is imprinted throughout. His cameras focus most of i -!'^«"* "^ ^ 

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the time upon the two prmcipals, playmg three roles, with occasional o'Shea spid he 
support from Thomas Mitchell, but they turn out an unlimited range of, c^^^ ""f^Q, "•'It's a 
hcenic and emotional variety. 

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Senn Lawler of Fox-Midweit 
opened a discitssioiJ on high local 
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Thursday, October 10, 19 

Court Holds Griffiths Modernized Exhibitioi 

Distribs. Not Overreached 
In Dealings With Defend- 
ants, the Court Asserts 

(Continued from Page II 
view of the Government's vic- 
tory in the New York equity 
suit, the Department of Justice 
would quickly move to appeal 
the trial court's adverse deci- 
sion in the Griffith case. 
Judge Vaught said he had fol- 
lowed "patiently" all the proceed- 
ings of the much-involved litigation, 
"but there is nothing in the evi- 
dence to justify the conclusion 
that any buying power possessed 
by the defendants was ever ex- 
erted to secure contracts for 


The Griffith anti-trust suit, 
filed in the Western Oklahoma 
Federal district on April 28, 1939, 
teas the first of three to be filed 
by the Government against large 
indie theater circuits. Subsequent 
suits were filed on Aug. 7 and 11 
of that year. The first, brought 
in the Western New York Federal 
district, named the Schine circuit, 
the second, originating in the Mid- 
dle Tennessee Federal district, 
made the Crescent Amusement 
Co., headed by the late Tony 
Sudekum, defendant. While the 
Griffith action ivas the first to 
be docketed, the decisions in the 
two later cases came doivn earlier. 
Both favored the Government. 

In filing the Griffith action, 
the Department of Justice styled 
it "an essential complement to 
the pending equity suit in New 

exhibition rights to the films of 
the major distributors which 
gave the defendants an unrea- 
sonable control in licensing such 
film to others in the various 
towns in the territory covered 
by the complaint. There is noth- 
ing in the evidence that would 
justify the conclusion that the 
buying power of the defendants 
was used to absorb or otherwise 
eliminate a number of actual 
and potential competitors." 
The Government, Judge Vaught 
said flatly, has assumed a state of 


RUSSELL HOCUE, manager, frisina Amusement 
Co.. Litchfield, ML 

PAT COCCIN, manager, Valley City, Wahpeton 
N. D. 

SAM CHER^40FF, country sales staff, NSS, Chi- 

JOHN HUGHES, UA home office sales dept. 

HOWARD HENCSTLER, playdate manager, UA 
home office. 

WILLIAM H. ELDER, manager, Loew's Penn, 

JOHN DRADDY, student salesman. United Ar- 
tists, Boston. 

SAUL SAXON, manager, Rainbo Theater, De- 

Litile Headlin0»s: 

BARNEY BALABAN will be tendered a testimonial dinner Oct. 15 by the Joint De- 
fense Appeal of the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League of 
B'nai B'rith. Plans will be completed at a luncheon meeting of industry execs, at the 
Astor .n Oct. 18. 


HUGH McGINNIS of the Chicago theater is the new president of the B & K Em- 
ployes Association. Other officers: Will Holden, Jack Garbers, Jack Wiggins, vice- 
presidents; Ruth McLean, secretary; Sam Stott, treasurer. 

facts not supported by the evidence. 
There are no master deals or fran- 
chises between any distributor and 
the Griffiith circuits shown in the 

"The master deals," he stated, 
"and franchises in their final 
analysis are between a distribu- 
tor and each of the four corpo- 
rate defendants, or between a 
distributor and some individual 
exhibitor who is not a party de- 
fendant here. 

"That such franchises were 
considered as a part of the 
ordinary method of contracting 
for moving picture films by all 
the trade is borne out by sec- 
tion of the consent decree which 
provides: 'The provisions of this 
decree shall not apply to any 
franchise which was signed prior 
to June 6, 1946.' 

"During the time covered by 
the complaint, the defendants 
did not have franchises in effect 
with more than two distributors 
during the season." 

Over-Buying Not Proved 

"The Government," Judge Vaught 
said, "failed to establish by a fair 
preponderance of the evidence that 
the defendants have purchased or 
contracted for more moving picture 
films that they believe were, or in 
fact were, reasonably necessai*y to 
supply themselves. Competition was 
fair under the circumstances of each 
situation involved. The defendants 
went into the open market and 
bought their product from the dis- 
tributoi-s in the same manner as was 
open to all competitors. The de- 
fendants were alert and progi-essive 
and took such advantages only as 
were natural in the industry. 

"There is nothing in the evidence 
to justify the conclusion that the dis- 
tributors were overawed or over- 
rpached in their dealing's with the 
defendants; or that the distributors 
were compelled or coerced into en- 
tering- into any contract with the de- 
fendants bv reason of the buving 
power of the defendants, or from 
any other cause. There is no evi- 
dence that would iustifv the conclu- 
sion that any combination or agree- 
ment of anv character existed be- 
tween the defendants and the dis- 
tributors that had for its purpose the 
stifling of competition in, or monop- 
olization of, the exhibition of moving 
picture films, or the unreasonable 
restraint of trade or interstate com- 
merce in such exhibition of moving 
picture films, that had been occa- 
sioned or brought about bv the man- 
ner in which the defendants used 

any buying power they possessed." 
Appeal Held Certain 

U. S. District Attorney Charles 
Dierker withheld comment on an 
appeal to the U. S. Supreme Com-t, 
but this is held certain. Henry Grif- 
fing, chief Griffith counsel, said he 
had not had an opportunity to read 
the opinion or the voluminous find- 
ings of the fact accompanying it. 

Suit was filed against the Griffith 
Amusement Co., Briffith Consoli- 
dated Theaters, Inc., Wes-Tex The- 
aters, Inc., and R. E. Griffith The- 
aters, Inc., as well as against the 
three Griffith brothers. The latter 
two circuits are headquartered at 

Individual defendants were H. J. 
Griflfith, Kansas City; L. C. Griffith. 
Oklahoma City, and R. E. Griffith, 
who before his death two years ago 
resided in Dallas. L. C. Griffith re- 
mains critically ill in a local hos- 


Theaters operated by Griffith 
Amusement Co., Consolidated 
Theaters, Inc.. Westex Theaters, 
Inc., and R. E. Griffith Theaters, 
Inc., which were named as de- 
fendants in the Oklahoma City 
anti-trust action, totalled 149 at 
the time the Government filed in 
1939. Griffith Amusement and 
Consolidated operated 43 and ,S0 
houses, respectively, while the 
Westex chain comprised 34 houses 
and the R. E. Griffith group. 22. 

Griffith Amusement and Con- 
solidated operate in Oklahoma 
and Texas, Westex and R. E. Grif- 
fith in New Mexico and Texas. 

Frank Murphy, now an associ- 
ate justice of the U. S. Supreme 
Court, was attorney general at 
the time the suit was instituted, 
and Thurman W. Arnold, assis- 
tant attorney general, was in 
charge of the D of J anti-trust 

pital after suffering a stroke two 
weeks ago. 

Distributor defendants also in- 
cluded in the original action were 
dismissed after the Paramount case 
wound up in a consent decree. 

Griffiths Modernized Exhibition 

Judge Vaught found that the de- 
fendants have brought moderniza- 
tion to the exhibition field in the 
Southwest. He reviewed the his- 
tory of the circuits involved, stating 
that they had specialized in im- 
provements which insured their suc- 
cess in business. 

"The Griffith brothers are 

shown to have been exceptional- 

D of J Offers Trade 
On Decree fo Court 

(Continued from Page 1) 

told yesterday by Robert L. Wris 
As he has done in conversations \v 
other exhib. groups, Wright m; 
it plain during a brief session tl 
he feels any decree arrived at 
the New York court cannot be i 
than an interim matter, with 
adjudication to come in the L, 
Supreme Court. 

The Government attorney a 
made it plain that he has rearl 
no decision on specific proposals 
auction bidding. He told the e; 
group that his present positio 
exactly as put forth in the prop v- 
judgment early this week. He 
mitted that consideration is b»i 
given the CIEA proposal for flat ] 
rentals only, but said any guess :' 
the Department will adopt this 
posal as its own is "purely s]m; 

D of J Final Draft Next Week 

A spokesman for the Departnif 
later remarked that there will be 
further statements regarding t 
distrib. proposals or other aspects 
the case until the filing next we 
of a final draft with the New Yo 
court! "Any comment on the d 
tributor draft, the CIEA, t 
MPTOA or any other proposals 
us will be implicit in this documen 
he said. 

The almost complete turnabout 
the Government position on aucti 
selling was first forecast by T 
Film Daily in early July, and 
that time drew denials from bo 
industry and Government sources. 

Michael Curtiz Prods. 
To Release Through WB 

(Continued from Pa?e 1) 
it a contract expected to be sign' 
last night. 

Curtiz is president, with majori 
•control, of the new company, 
which Warners will have a niinori 
Interest. With Curtiz on the boa; 
of directors will be Bess Meredi ' 
(Mrs. Curtiz), Margaret Ettingc 
and two representatives from Wa 
ner Bros. 

First three pictures under the a 
rangement will be "Victoria Grand 
let," "The Unsuspected" and "^Ve 
Winds." Joan Fontaine is under coi 
^deration for the stellar role i ^ 
"Victoria Grandolet." Humphre ' 
Bogart will likely be starred in "Tl 
Unsuspected," with Robert Your 
and Ann Sheridan set for the 
ern, "West Winds." 

ly good theater operators, keep|i 
ing consistently abreast of the . 
developments of the rapidly- ,.. 
growing industry. Their ac- 
counts naturally were coveted 
by the producers and distribu- 
tors of moving pictures," the 
Judge said. 

iHursday, October 10, 1946 




ludion Selling to 
e Beneficial-Day 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 
Wed yesterday by Bernard P. Day, 
i)Kident of Joseph P. Day, Inc. 

ay, whose real estate auctioneer 
'ranization has submitted to dis- 
bs., the D of J and the Statutory 
art a plan under which it would 
lablish nation-wide facilities for 
:tion bidding, safeguarded to in- 
re open and impartial operation, 
erted that auction selling will 
ninate inequitable practices in 
idreds of situations and make it 
;sible for indie exhibt. to obtain 

pix for the first time. 

Fadeout For Buying. Combines 

Disappearance of buying combines 

5 further seen by Day as an im- 

tant by-product of the intensified 

ipetition thus effected. Day fur- 

'r asserted that the Statutory 

'art's proposed findings of fact had 

jarly disclosed that the major 

ins do not have any monopoly of 

'.ibition facilities in the country 

, : are indeed far from doing so.'' 

discussing the inequities that 

aid be removed by auction selling, 

y said: 

.Every exhibitor knows of certain 
riations where chains have been 
'3 to buy films at lower rentals 
[ m competing exhibitors were will- 
to pay, sometimes paying as lit- 
) as 9 per cent of their gross, or 
i.O for a film a nearby exhibitor 
! lid gladly pay $300 for. Such con- 
t(ons will not l3e possible under 
pition selling. 

i There are many good operators 

i'l have nice houses with a fair 

: mnt of seats who have been play- 

'(■ B, C, and D product for years be- 

I se they couldn't get anything 

. Auction selling will make top 

Lluct available to these exhibitors, 

f before could not compete with 

I rcuit operation. 

Wouldn't an exhibitor who has 

ci paying $700 weekly for his 

bill and grossing between $1,600 

;i $1,700, gladly pay $1,400 if his 

ike went up to $3,000?" 

Needn't Fear Combines 

This single theater exhibitor 
Id no longer have to fear the 

I €r of a buying combine of which 

1, nearest competitor is a member. 

■| buying combine has been able to 
in product this exhibitor wanted 
use the distributors found it 
e advantageous to sign up 100 


COREN, general clerk, 20th-Fox, Omaha. 

S CHRISTENSEN, stenographer, United Ar- 

sts, Omaha. 

IE DECKER, stenographer, Columbia, Oma- 

L HOLDEN, secretary at M-C-M, Minne- 

|:LY DAVIDS, secretary, at M-C-M, Minne- 

, STERLING STl>RTEVANT, artist. United 
' Productions of America, Hollywood. 

MPTOA 'Okays' 

Accepts Distrib. Proposal With Exceptions 

(Continued from Page 1) 

although it is not in full agreement 
with them. 

Withholding comment on the dis- 
cussion of other key parts of the 
distrib. proposals, the MPTOA group 
also expre.ssed its feeling that the 
distrib. suggestion that roadshowing 
be permitted is not objectionable 
"provided the roadshowing of the 
picture was a national policy." 
Indications from the meeting 
were that the MPTOA amicus 
curiae brief, to be prepared by 
general counsel Herman M. 
Levy, will concern itself in great 
part with MPTOA objections to 
auction bidding, arbitration and 
other minor points in both de- 
cree proposals. It was decided 
Tuesday that MPTOA will not 
comment in its decree upon Gov- 
ernment proposals for a ban on 
cross-licensing or theater expan- 
sion by the defendants. 
The brief will contain the results 
of the MPTOA poll, although how 
much stress Levy will lay upon 
MPTOA's rejection of divorcement 
as a remedy to industry evils in the 
light of the overwhelming pro- 
divorcement vote by exhibitors par- 
ticipating in the poll was not clear. 

Flat Sum Rentals Not Discussed 

Levy said the group did not discuss 
the CIEA proposal that auction bid- 
ding be implemented by a stipula- 
tion that flat sum rentals be the 
basis for judgment. It is reported 
here that the Department of Justice, 
having scanned the complicated pro- 
cedure offered in the distrib. brief, 
has decided to adopt this proposal as 
the simplest means of implementing 
auction selling. 

It was made apparent to the 
group yesterday afternoon, dur- 
ing a meeting with Robert L. 
Wright, assistant to the Attor- 
ney General, that the Depart- 
ment, while trying, to win as 
many of its ideas as possible 
from the New York Statutory 
Court, is really looking to the 

theaters at a time instead of one. 
The buying combine, which could 
threaten distributors with a ban on 
their product unless satisfactory 
terms were reached, will be without 
purpose when pictures must be bid 
on individually. 

"The exhibitor will be competent 
singlehandedly to make any deals he 
wants for any and all product manu- 
factured by Hollywood. The buying 
combine will no longer exist as a fac- 
tor preventing non-members from 
getting real box-office attractions. 

"Moreover, the exhibitor will be 
protected against circuits making un- 
warrantedly high bids and getting 
product even at a loss so that their 
competitors would not get the pic- 
tures. Some circuits might do this, 
figuring to make up the losses else- 
where. Through arbitration, the ex- 
hibitor would be able to get fair 
dealing in such cases." 

Supreme Court as the final voice 
in the case. 

They told Wright again of their 
strong opposition to any form of 
auction bidding. President Fred 
Wehrenberg declared that "auction 
bidding is so vicious that all exhib- 
itor attempts to influence the court 
to discard it should be approved by 
all other exhibitors. The approach 
to the problem and the methods em- 
ployed may differ, and there is room 
for honest disagreement as to ap- 
proach and methods. The end, how- 
ever, is the same — the elimination of 
auction bidding." 

As for arbitration, MPTOA re- 
affirmed its support for the pro- 
cedure. "Common law" arbitration 
will be proposed in the amicus curiae, 
brief, with one arbitrator chosen by 
the exhibitor, one by the distributor 
and an umpire chosen by these two if 
they fail to agree. Stress will be laid 
upon the MPTOA conviction that 
arbiters must be men versed in the 
industry — whether presently em- 
ployed in the industry or not. 

Divide Arbitration Costs 

Costs of arbitration should be 
divided between both parties, they 
said, instead of being borne entirely 
by the distribs., as now. If the 
MPTOA proposal were accepted, 
however, costs would be down be- 
cause no appeal, involving costly 
records, would be permitted. 

Levy said he doubted that 
AAA would agree to be respon- 
sible for such arbitration, since 
its practice is to assign arbiters 
not identified with the industry 
in which the case lies. If, how- 
ever, AAA would agree to set up 
a panel of industry-versed peo- 
ple for assignment, MPTOA 
would be pleased to have AAA 
handle arbitration. 
Present at the meeting were the 
following officers: 

R. R. Biechele, Kansas City, Mo.; 
Harry Loewenstein, Ardmore, and 
Morris Loewenstein, Oklahoma City, 
Okla.; Mack Jackson, Alexander 
City, Ala.; Oscar C. Lam, Rome, Ga.; 
Edward A. Fay, Providence, R, I.; J. 
A. West, Memphis, and William F. 
Ruff in, Covington, Tenn.; Clarence 
Kaimann, St. Louis; W. S. Taylor, 
Laurel, Miss.; Attorney Thomas F. 

Sees U. S. Prestige 
Loss Due to Films 

Although Europeans derive tre- 
mendous enjoyment from American 
entertainment films, there is grave 
danger that the U. S. will suffer in 
prestige, because of the prevalent 
opinion overseas, based on Holly- 
wood product, that Americans are 
heedless, pleasure - loving spend- 

So declared Jan Read in address- 
ing the first of six Film Forums at 
the Barbizon-Plaza under the chair- 
manship of John Gassner. Read 
subbed for Louis de Rochemont, who 
cancelled out because of production 
snarls in the shooting of 20th-Fox's 
"Boomerang" in Stamford, Conn. 

Read came on New York about 
three weeks ago, under a fellowship 
of the Commonwealth Fund of New 
York, to spend a year in the study 
of American film production and 
technics. He studied and worked in 
Europe with Paul Rotha, document- 
ary film writer-producer-critic. 

It is important, Read said, that 
more pix be sent to Europe depict- 
ing ordinary Americans in ordinary 
surroundings. It would counteract a 
great many misconceptions just to 
show some back streets, paint peel- 
ing off walls, shabbily dressed peo- 
ple, etc. 

Wallace Ford will be the guest 
speaker at next Tuesday night's 
second session of the Film Forum. 

Virginia Grey Signed 

IVest Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Virginia Grey has 
been signed for the leading fem- 
inine role in the Cinecolor feature 
comedy, "Who Killed 'Doc' Robbin?" 
for Hal Roach Productions. 

Chicago V. C. Moving 

Chicago — The Chicago Variety 
Club will move to new quarters in the 
Continental Hotel, the Congress 
Hotel lease not having been renewed. 

J. Friday, Scranton, Pa.; Fred Wehr- 
enberg, president; Sidney Lust and 
A. Julian Brylawski, Washington, D. 
C; James Shanklin, Ronceverte, W. 
Va.; Lewen Pizor, Philadelphia, 
chairman of board; Merritt A. Kyser, 
East Aurora, N. Y.; A. S. and S. J. 
Hyman, Huntington, W. Va.; Albert 
Pickus, Stratford, Conn.; Harold Es- 
kin. New York, and Herman M. Levy, 
general counsel. 






THURSDAY, OCT. 17, at 10:30 A.M. 
RKO PROJ. ROOM, 251 Hyde St., San Francisco 

Alfred Hitchcock 

^^The Nation^s Number One Director^' 

Polled by THE FILM DAILY, the Motion 
Picture Critics of all American newspapers, 
magazines, syndicates, news services and radio 
have voted Alfred Hitchcock's skillful direction 
of David O. Selznick's 

The Outstanding Directorial Achievement of i^/fyic)^6 























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New York N. Y. 

iaale in Character 
irnational in Scope 
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opose Congressional Action to End Music Fees 

ITOA Would Line 
Dther State Exhibitor 
for United Attack 

joit — The Michigan ITOA is 
'g a drive against music fees 
sessed against theaters by 

and seeking to establish con- 
()r a concerted move by other 
f;or groups, including local or- 
itions in Michigan and state 
: elsewhere. The plan is to 

emedy through congressional 
to prevent alleged double 

A further attacks recent price 
ilses in film rentals, charging 
''ajor increased prices 50 per 
■ver any former features to 
\ (Continued on Page 6) 

lo Press Drive 
:'Hot" 16mm. Pix 

a the sentencing Wednesday of 
1 Bitto of Brooklyn on his plea 
ilty to a charge of criminal 
jement of copyright in 20th 
7y-Fox's "Song of Berna- 
' it was revealed that a deter- 
drive was being made by the 
3 stamp out any possible illicit 
(Continued on Page 7) 

n W6 Releases In 
1946-47 Quarter 

ing of "The Verdict" for gen- 
ilease Nov. 23 will give War- 
es, seven new pictures in the 

[uarter of 1946-47, compared 
(Continued on Page 7) 

*tv It's Official 
We're An Industry 

lontreal — Protests were heard 
n several delegates at the con- 
ince here of the International 
3r Organization over the word- 

of a report cf the Committee 
the Protection of Children and 
ng Workers which declared that 
' work was not an "industry" in 

sense of the committee's ruling 
mst night work. A modifying 
•mdment was carried. 


Nine Individuals Are Honored For Their Contributions At 
Banquet on TBA's Second Tele Conference 

Nine awards of merit were pre- 
sented to individuals for their con- 
tributions to the progress of tele- 
vision as a science and as a commer- 
cial utility at a banquet last night 
highlighting the second tele confer- 
ence and exhibition by the Television 
Broadcasters Association at the Wal- 

Attendance at the banquet was 

The presentations were made by 
Paul Raibourn, president of Televi- 

sion Productions, Inc., vice-president 
of Paramount Pictures and a direc- 
tor of TEA. 

Three experts of the RCA Labora- 
tories, Princeton, N. J., were re- 
cipients of awards in Group 1, repre- 
senting outstanding technical con- 
tributions to television. They were 
Dr. Albert Rose, Dr. Harold Bell 
Law and Dr. Paul Kessler Weimer. 

Awards in Group 2, individuals 
responsible for the outstanding pro- 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Eastern Film Labs 
Gets U-l Contract 

An exclusive contract for all film 
processing and printing has been 
consummated by Universal-Interna- 
tional and Eastern Film Laborato- 
ries, a Pathe subsidiary. The deal 
was announced yesterday by Robert 
W. Purcell, chairman of the board of 
Pathe Industries, Inc. 

Eastern Film Laboratories has 
(Continued on Page 7) 

ITOA Com. Will Study 
Affiliation With Allied 

The ITOA of New York yesterday 
voted unanimously to make a study 
of various propositions for affiliation 
with a national organization, it was 
reported following a membership 
(Continued on Page 6) 

No Tele Compromise 
With Decency 

Television broadcasters attending 
the second annual TEA conference 
and exhibit at the Waldorf-Astoria 
were warned yesterday by President 
J. R. Poppele that "there can be no 
compromise with decency." 

Registration as of last night 
totaled 769. 

Poppele, speaking at the opening 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Labor Dept. Rep. to Confer 
On Coast Strike With AFL 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — ^After listening to the 
reading of a temporary restraining 
order limiting pickets at the Colum- 
bia studio, 150 pickets in the CSU 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Copyright Clearance Delayed 

Less Than 20 of 500 Army-Made Pix Freed 

Seattle Anti-Trust Trial 
May Span 10-Week Period 

Seattle— Trial of the $500,000 anti- 
trust action of the Theater Invest- 
ment Co. and the Venetian Theater 
against 13 distributors, exhibitors 
and producers now being heard be- 
fore Federal Judge John C. Bowen 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Congressional ef- 
forts to clear more than 5,000 war- 
made pix from copyright red tape 
were further delayed yesterday 
when it was disclosed that only a 
scant handful of the films were made 
by MPAA and SIMPP member com- 
Spokesmen for the Surplus Prop- 
( Continued on Page 6) 

"A Certainty," U. S. View? 
Circuit's Counsel Sees a 
Tremendous D of T Setback 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — That the Depart- 
ment of Justice will appeal the Grif- 
fith decision is considered a virtual 
sertainty by top attorneys there, 
although the text of the decision had 
not been received from Oklahoma 
City yesterday. 

A Department spokesman ad- 
mitted that he had not known of the 
decision until The Film Daily re- 
porter called, but when told briefly 
of the court's finding, he made it 
(Continued on Page 3) 

Griffith Decision 
Perplexes Myers 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Abram F. Myers, 
Allied general counsel and board 
.hairman, commenting on the Gov- 
arnment's defeat in the Griffith 
anti-trust suit in Oklahoma, said yes- 
terday that while he had not seen 
i,he opinion in the case, "the Gov- 
( Continued on Page 7) 

Author's Authority Hit 
Sy Pen Women's League 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — The National League 
of American Pen Women has joined 
the writer-ranks fighting the alleg- 
edly "dictatorial" plans of the Amer- 
ican Authors Authority, Mrs. Robi- 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Allied Field Reps. In 
Drives for Men^bers 

A majority of the Allied regional 
units are employing field men for the 
purpose of increasing membership in 
their respective territories. Member- 
ship is reported to have skyrocketed 
as the result cf the personal calls 
by the field representatives, es- 
pecially in Texas, Eastern and West- 
ern Pennsylvania and Indiana. The 
New England unit is said to be the 
next to send out a contact, while 
other units plan to follow suit. 



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ROBERT MOCHRIE, RKO Radio vice-presi- ; 
dent in of domestic diitribuiion, in 
company witn NAT LhVf ana WAliEK BRAN- 
jON, eastern and Western division managi:is, 
ennain tor Hollywood tooay for producticn con- 
rerences and to look over new product. 

AL DArF, general foreign sales supervisor 
for Universal, tiies to London today on the 
.irst leg of a business trip to Europe. 

EDWA/<D L. HYMAN, vice-president of Para- 
•nount I heaters bervice Corp., Si S.EClL and 
,«;AX FELLEkMAN, Paramount executives, re- 
turned he:e yesteroay from Detroit after a two- 
./eek Western trip. 

filAURlCE MAjRER, managing director of the 
Astor and Victoria theaters on Broad/^ay, will 
.eave here today for the West Coast on a ono- 
..eeK business trip. 

ARTHUR JARRATT sails for New York on 
the maiuen voyage of the SS Queen Elizabeth 
next week. 

STANLEY HIGCINSON, managing directcr for 
Warner Bios, in Australia, arrived in New Yo.k 
,esterday by plane irom Sydney via San Fran- 
cisco. He was delayed a few days by bad i ly- 
ing weather. 

COL. C. LAWTON CAMPBELL, chairman of 
the board of the National Theater and Academy, 
will leave he^e tonight by piane for Columbus, 
0., to add;ess the Ohio State Convention of 
speech and Drama Teachers en the establish- 
..lent of regional, professional theaters. 

DAVID HOkNE, assistant treasurer and di- 
rector of Monogiam-lnt., leaves Monday for 
.he Coast to confer with executives on com- 
.jany's foreign expansion plans, including the 
opening of new branches. 

LEON NETTER, vice-president of Paramount 
Theaters Service Corp., leaves tomorrow on a 
.rip to New Orleans, Beaumont (Tex.) Mem- 
-his, Atlanta, and Jacksonville. He is due to 
eturn to New York on Oct. 25. 

MER UPTON of Balaban & Katz return to Chi- 
cago tomorrow. 

KICHARD MOkCAN, of Paramount's home 
office legal department, departs for Seattle 

ROLAND CULVER, British actor featured in 
Paramount's "The Empeior's Waltz," Is en 
route to New York trom the Ccast to sail for 
Eng.and on the Queen Elizabeth Oct. 24. 

Paramounr prcducers. a.rive today on a two- 
week business nip to New York. 

GEORGE A. H.CKtY, Coast salesmanager for 
M-G-M; E. W. AAkON, assistant sal-s 
manager; WlLLIAM b. ZOELLNER, head of re- 
prints and importations, and HcRB NUSbAjm 
of the home office legal sta.f, arrived in San 
Francisco yesterday from Seattle. 

JOHN P. BYkNc, Eastern M-G-M sales mana- 
ger, and his assistant, PAUL RiCHa.AIM, uave 
iunday night tor Boston to spend a week there 
conferring with Tom Dona.dson, local mana- 

M. L. SIMONS, editor of M-G-M's sales pub- 
lication, the Distributor, will return from the 
Coast Oct. 21. , , ^ 

LlCNARD case, of Vanguard's New York of- 
fice, has leit for Paris. 

LcO M. DtVANEY, RKO Radio Canadian di- 
vision sales manager, is in New YorK for home 
office conferences. 

NANCY WALKER, M-C-M star, arrives from 
the Coast next week. 

CEDRIC GIBBONS, head of the M-G-M studio 
art depaitment, is slated to arrive from Holly- 
wood Tuesday. 

WILLIAM GREEN, M-G-M exploiteer in Chi- 
cago, has completed his assignment on "Gal. ant 
Bess" in the Detroit area and returned to the 
Windy City. 

BRANTON, Paramount Theater pa.tners, en- 
train for their Des Moines headquarters tomor- 

NICK JOHN MATSOUKAS, director of adver- 

I tising, Skouras Theaters Corp., will be in Chi- 

] cago Sunday, in connection with the national 

convention of the Greek War Relief Associ- 

'■ ation. 

j GEORGE GLASS, ad-pub. director for Loew- 
Lewin planed out from the Ccast yesterday tc 
' confer with UA officials on the ca.npaign for 
"The Affairs of Bel Ami." 

H. J. YATES, WILLIAM SAAL, his exec, as- 
sistant, and HY CLICK, treasurer, leave the 
Coast Sunday for New York via American Air 

KEITH ANDES, under contract to David 0. 
Salznick, le.t yesterday on the Ccnstellation 
for Hollywood. 

Quebec Exhibs. Attend 
QATI Convention Banqu 

Montreal — Quebec Allied Thea 
cal Industries, Inc. concluded 
cne-day convencion with a dinnei 
the Mount Eoyal, attended by sc. 
of out-of-town exhibitors as well 
Montreal cinema owners. P 
Beaulieu, Quebec Minister of Tra 
and Commerce, was guest speak 
and Irving Sourkes, veterar 
Row manager, also spoke. 

At the head table were Earl La 
son, head of Odeon in Canac 
Philippe Brais, President of Ode 
in Quebec; Alban Genest of Frar 
Films; J. Arthur Hirsch, preside 
Consolidated Theaters, and of Qi 
bee Allied Theatrical Industries, a 
William Lester, director of Unit 
Amusement and treasurer of t 


; (,Thurs.. Oct. 10) ; 



Am. Seat 20 

Bell & Howell I8V4 

Bell & Howell pfd. .105 
Columbia Picts. pfd.. 2372 
Columbia Picts. pfd.. 85 

East. Kodak 2023^ 

do pfd 191 


Gen. Prec. Eq 

Loew's, Inc 

Pa amount 


Repub'ic Pictures 
Reoub'ic Pictu-es pfd 
20'h Century-Fcx . . . 
20th Century-Fox pfd 
Universal Pict. 
Universal Picts 
Warner Bros. 

26 V2 

pfd. 871/2 
... 17% 


105 — 

231/2 + 
85 — 
20072 201% -I- 
191 191 — 
251/4 -f 















253/4 — 
29 '8 + 
15% + 

7% • 


403.4 + ¥4 
50 — 13/4 

31 +2 

17% -f 3/3 


Monogram Picts. . . . 534 51/2 
Radio-Keith cvs. ... 51/2 5 
Sonotone Corp. .... 3% 31/2 

Technicolor 1574 l''3/4 

Trans-Lux 41/2 41/2 


Bid Asked 

Pathe Industries 6 7 

Cinecolor 5'/2 5% 


51/2 + 3/8 


151/2 + 'A 


Nelson Services Sunday 

Funeral services for Louis Nelson, 
veteran exhibitor and charter mem- 
ber of the ITOA, will be held Sunday 
at the Park West Memorial Chapel. 
Nelson died Thursday morning. He 
was at one time connected with the 
Endicott Circuit in Brooklyn. 

Loew's 16mm. Program 
Starts in U. K. Monday 

Following approval by the Kine- 
matic Renters Society and the Cine- 
na Exhibitors Association who have 
adopted a set of principles govern- 
"ng 16 mm. exhibition in the British 
^sles, Loew's International on Mon- 
iay will launch its narrow gauge 
program in England. 

The initial group will consist of 12 
programs of shorts and features. The 
schedule for Ireland will begin Nov. 
i. F. D. Russell-Roberts is in charge 
Df all 16 mm. activities in Great 
Britain under the direction of Sam 
Eckman, Jr. 

The first group will consist of 
"Our Vines Have Tender Grapes, 
"Madame Curie," "Two Girls And A 
Sailor," "Pride and Prejudice," 
■ Maytime," "Waterloo Bridge," 
"Treasure Island," "Mutiny on the 
Bounty," "Tarzan's Secret Trea- 
sure," "Captains Courageous," "Lost 
in a Harem" and "A Night at the 

Granet Leaving ior Europe 

Hollywood — Bert Granet planes 
out Sunday for Chicago on the first 
leg of a journey that will take him 
to Europe in connection with the 
filming of "Berlin Express" which 
he will produce for RKO at the 
RKO-Pathe studios in Paris start- 
ing early in the Spring. 

8 Stars Selected for 
London's Royal Show 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Ray Milland, Pat 
O'Brien, Maria Montez, Jean Pierre 
Aumont, Reginald Gardiner, Wil- 
liam Eythe, Georgia Malone and 
Joan Bennett have been selected to 
represent the American film industry 
at a command performance before 
the King and Queen of England in 
London on Nov. 1. The royal show 
will take place at the Empire The- 
ater with the proceeds going to the 
British Cinematographic Trade Ben- 
evolent Fund. 

Several of the stars will sail from 
New York aboard the Queen Eliza- 
beth on the ship's maiden voyage to 
England Oct. 25. 

Miss Bennett will be accompanied 
by her husband, Walter Wanger, who 
will be the official representative of 
the M. P. Academy. 

Netter to Head PRC's 
Non-Theatrical Dep't 

Douglas Netter, formerly assista 
manager of the New PRC's Xe 
Yovk exchange, has been named 
.lead a newly-organized departme 
handling non - theatrical accoun; 
prexy Harry H. Thomas announ:i 

Netter will be in charge of saL 
and distribution for such accoun 
as the Army, Navy, educacionai : 
stitutions, organizations and t€l 
vision. They previously were handk 
through the company's regular sal< 

Netter joined PRC's New Yoi 
branch in November, 1945, as a sales 
man, following his discharge froji 
;.he Navy. 

Detroit Projectionists, 
Exhibs. Near Agreement 

Detroit — Local labor negotiation* 
between exhibitors and projectionist 
are approaching an agreement ac ' 
wording to indications. No fina 
terms are yet available, but som ; 
action is anticipated in the next fevj 
days. 1 

Conferences have been handi- 
capped by absence of exhibitor rep 
resentatives who have been out 0; , 
town individually on various occa 

Lamantia to Rank Org. 
As Special Field Rep. 

Nick Lamantia, formerly with 
Universal, has joined the J. Arthur 
Rank Organization as a special field 
rep. to supervise the Southern 
branches of Dallas, Atlanta, New 
Orleans, Memphis, Charlotte and 
Oklahoma City. 


Oct. 11 

Edwin Knopf Pat O'Brien 

Raquel Torres Dave Weshner 

Bruce C. Coleman Roland Young 

Robert Ryan 

Oct. 12 
Kim Hunter Jack Oakie 

Edward Durst Cwen Lee 

Joseph L. Lee Jacques Tourneur 

Paul Walker 
Oct. 13 
Nicola Napoli Edward Alperson 

Robert Sterling Eddie Buzzell 

Donald Duck Gertrude Olmstead 

Daun Kennedy H. C. Potter 

Jane Harker 

jriday, October 11, 1946 



alaban Testimonial 


Plans for the dinner honoring 

irney Balaban, president of Para- 

ijunt Pictures, to be held at the 

tor Hotel, Nov. 

under the 

s r s h i n of 

notion pic- 

a n d enter- 

:inment division 
the Joint De- 

inse Appeal, 

Jill be discussed 

ad outlined at a 

incheon T u e s - 

j»y in the Astor, 

I was announced 

)r Jack Cohn, 

^ni Einzler and 

feonard Golden- 

n, chairmen of 

1.6 effort. 

Explaining that 

.e Joint Defense Appeal is the fi- 
;i.ncial arm of the A'nti-Defamation 
■feague of B'nai B'rith and the 

.Tierican Jewish Committee, Cohn, 
oldenson and Rinzler added that 
■■le work of these two national agen- 

ss in combating anti-Semitism _ is 

ade possible by the annual Joint 
defense Appeal campais-n. The 1946 
^aal of the JDA is $5,000,000— a 

km 43 per cent more than the 
■kiount raised last year. 
'The chairmen pointed out that 
•alaban has been spearheading the 

otion picture effort in past years 
jlr communal, philanthropic and 
LJitriotie endeavors. "We want to 
r:'ake our dinner to Barney Balaban 

mething better than the ordinary 
I sHmonial," they stressed. "Now, 
' last, we have the opportunity to 

ly him our tribute and we want to 
ijke advantage of the occasion by 

■ranging an affair that Barnev will 
j;ierish forever in his memory." 
1' An executive committee is in the 
i -ogress of organization to lead the 
:dustry-wide campaign which sup- 

n-ts the Anti-Defamation League 
I B'nai B'rith and the American 

•wish Committee. 


Joe Vergesslich, short subject sales 
anager in Warner's New York 
etropolitan branch, is a grand- 
-ther for the second time. A daugh- 
r, Caroljm, was born to his daugh- 
r, Mrs. William Zipp, in Mercy 
ospital, Roekville Center, L. I. 

A six pound, 15 ounce daughter, 
indra Joan, has been bom to Mrs. 
obert Ferguson, wife of Columbia's 
■essbook editor at the Lenox Hill 
ospital. The Fergusons have one 
her daughter, Carole, aged two 
id a half. 

Chicago— Charles E. Blanton, B & 
art department, is the father of 
boy, bom at the Oak Park Hos- 

Gallant Bess Over America 

• • • HORSEMEAT BEING A TOPIC of considerable conversation 
these days, Phil M. is taking time out this Ayem to articulate about Bess, 

the star of M-G-M's "Gallant Bess" There's a horse that's got plenty 

on the ball and he's on a nation-wide p.a. The first stunt of its 

kind M-G-M has sponsored in more than 15 years And all under 

the direct supervision of Howard Dietz, Leo's v.p. and director of ad- 
vertising, publicity and exploitation, with Bill Ferguson handling all 

arrangements Capt. Volney Phifer of Ferguson's staff is iii charge 

of the three-car unit as it rounds out its tour and trainer Joe B. Atkinson 

is right there with Bess to engineer his paces The horse does a 

lot of things in "Gallant Bess" and Atkinson has added another bag 

ol tricks for the tour Such as telling time by a big Waltham watch 

on his right leg Turning out lights and then going to bed as he 

pulls a blanket over his chestnut body Delivering press copy to 

editors right out of a specially made brief case and answering 

questions by the mere shake of his head 

▼ T ▼ 

• • • IN ALL THE CITIES where he has visited Bess has met the 
nicest reporters and editors and publishers and made friends with them 

all He has been interviewed and photographed like all famous 

stars Badio interviews are included in the local programs and 

where elevators are wide enough Bess has been a passenger He 

has had to walk up three and five flights of stairs where he couldn't 
fit into the lift, but Bess didn't puff or fume; he just took it in his stride 

Bess has visited hospitals for veterans and disabled children and 

put on some swell performances for those who have to depend on 

their entertainment to be delivered to them in person He's even 

been the principal guest at organizational meetings such as the Humane 
Society in Columbus where he vras given a plaque At the Knot- 
hole Club in Cincinnati, and many more In each town he visited 

Bess has presented the mayor with a gold key to the M-G-M studios 

at Culver City In some towns as many as 20,000 people have 

turned out to see Bess perform at the City Hall or Court House steps 

▼ T T 

• • • MAPPING OUT A P.A. TOUR for a horse is anything but 

a cinch, as Messers Dietz and Ferguson will testify It took a lot 

of time and labor but the efforts are worth it as the grosses will indi- 
cate Each exchange area is broken down so that six or seven 

appearances for Bess can be arranged ahead of the opening of the 
picture in each of the towns to be visited Rain or shine the sched- 
ule must be adhered to religiously, once it is set down on paper 

▼ ▼ T 

• • • LEST WE FORGET, M G-M's bulwark of field reps working 

under Ferguson have piched in wherever Bess has visited Howard 

Herty of the Los Angeles office is traveling a few weeks in advance of 

the caravan J. E. Watson handled the Cincinnati situations 

Hal Marshall and Norman Linz the Indianapolis cities Bill Green 

pinch hit for Charles Dietz in the Detroit towns Charlie Deardourff 

was in all his glory insofar as the Cleveland towns were concerned 

and in Pittsburgh, Charlie Baron has plans in high gear for the 

visit to the six towns out of his bailiwick Then, for the week of 

Oct. 22, Jack Gilmore will be in command for five towns lined up 

T T T 

• • • THAT THE IDEA IS A NATURAL is evidenced by the 

reams of front pages stories literally pouring into Leo's lair And 

the columnists who have turned over their entire space for the day to 

cheer Bess And the radio plugs resulting from the air interviews 

And the goodwill the stunt has created for the Friendly Company 

with its customers Which all goes to prove that when Dietz and 

Ferguson put their fertile minds together they come up with something 
that is a bellringer in more ways than one 

Gov't Will Appeal 
Griffith Acquittal 

(Continued from Page I) 
plain that an appeal is to be ex- 

Oklahoma Ci*y — Henry Griffing, 
attorney for the acquitted Griffith 
anti-trust suit defendants, com- 
mented yesterday that Judge Edgar 
S. Vaught's decision was "a tre- 
mendous setback for Department of 

The lawyer said the veteran jurist 
had taken the position that the 
Sherman Act fortifies free competi- 
ti.n and free enterprise. 

Meanwhle, local U. S. Dis*-rict 
Attorney Charles Dierker said a de- 
cision on whsther to appeal ruhng 
would be made in Washington. In 
acquitting the four circuits an l two 
surviving individual defendants, 
Vaught gave defense coun.ei 15 uays 
in which to prepare a judgment con- 
sistent with his opinion. 

L. C. Griffith, one of the brothers 
exonerated by Vaught, remained too 
ill in St. Anthony's Hospital here to 
be informed of the decision. 

Griffing said he gathered from 
Vaught's opinion that the Fed- 
eral judge believes that "the 
power to restrain trade does not, 
in itself, mean that a firm hold- 
ing such power is guilty." 
Vaught's ruling lathed at Govei-n- 
ment prosecutors indirectly when it 
seated: "che attitude of Government 
is one of suspicion. Many of the 
normal and natural occurrences and 
situations are given a sinister 
meaning and argued 

"The proposition of 
be done' or 'might be 
given situations is argued vigor- 
ously. But we are not concerned with 
that approach." 

The judge said he had been inter- 
ested only in the intent of the de- 
fendant, and what the testimony 
proved they actually had done. 

from that 

what 'could 
done' under 

Miss Odets, Poling Aide 

Florence Odets, formerly Para's 
West Coast story editor, has been 
named assistant to James Poling, 
U-I's Eastern story editor, it was 
announced today. 

RKO Australasian Meet 

RKO's Australasian sales conven- 
tion gets under way in Sydney 
Oct. 14, with Ralph Doyle presidm"*. 
The entire Australasian sales staff, 
headed by Sales Chief David Locner- 
ington, will attend. 

It's An III Wind, Etc. 

Miami, Fla. — During the recent 
pre-hurricane winds which kept 
things stirred up in Miami, a news 
photo was taken in front of the 
O'ympia Theater. The picture showed 
flapping skirts and skittering hats 
on women as they passed beneath 
the marquee advertising "The Search- 
ing Wind." 





Edward L. Alperson Presents "BLACK BEAUTY" by Anna Sewell with Mono Freeman • Richard 

Denning • Evelyn Ankers • Charles Evans • J. M. Kerrigan • Moyna Macgill • Terry Kilburn 

And Highland Dale as "Black Beauty" • Directed by MAX NOSSECK • Screen Play by Liliie 

Hayward and Agnes Christine Johnston • Based on the Novel by Anno Sewell 

An Alson production . Released by 20th Century-Fox 







^jj.v •>«-», .**^9! 



Friday, October 11, 1946 

New Delay in 
Clearing Copyrights 

(Continued from Page 1) 

erty Sub-committee of the Senate 
Military Affairs Committee indicated 
that an inquiry will be made to de- 
termine whether "stalling tactics" 
were being used by some Army and 
pix industry officials. After more 
than three months, the committee is 
little closer towai'ds clearing the 
pix than when it started. 

Prodded by the Senate committee, 
the Army several weeks ago started 
classifying about 3,000 of the pix 
to determine which of the films were 
made by MPAA and SIMP? member 

MPAA President Eric A. Johnston 
had told the committee that he could 
not assure "blanket" clearance of 
the pix and asked for a breakdown 
of them. The Army's "breakdown" 
revealed that only 84 of the Signal 
Corps' 3,000 pix were made by 
MPAA member companies and 40 
were inade by SIMPP members. With 
the exception of about 30 other pix, 
the rest of the 3,000 were made by 
the Signal Corj)s itself. Committee 
reps, said, "somewhere along the 
line, the Ai'my neglected to ask the 
Air Corps for a similar breakdown." 

The Air Corps, it is believed, has 
most of the rest of the 5,000 pix 
amounting to about 2,000 films. 

Adding to Confusion 

Adding further to the confusion, 
committee spokesmen said, is the 
fact that many of the pix actually 
made by the Air Corps and the Sig- 
nal Corps contain stock footage sup- 
plied by Hollywood companies, which 
also must be cleared. 

Following a conference with com- 
mittee reps, yesterday. Library of 
Congress officials said they v/ould 
submit next week a plan to classify 
the 3,000 Signal Corps-made pix in 
an attempt to discover what copy- 
rights are concerned. 

Less than a score of the more than 
5,000 films made have been freed 
from copyright restrictions and 
passed on to the public for educa- 
tional use. And none of those re- 
leased, it was said, have ' been 
through the efforts of the pix in- 



Orange, N. J. — Announcement is 
made of the marriage of Rosalie 
Jenkins, cashier, Pix Newsreel The- 
ater, to John Pasto, projectionist. 


West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Publicist Allan Her- 
.-^holt, son of Jean Hersholt, and 
Janet Russell, radio actress, will be 
married this month. 

Tellin:« About Tele 

INFORMATION garnered at the TBA Waldorf-Astoria convention American 

' Telephone & Telegraph has extended its original network plans for an additional 
three thousand miles. ... • The Hotel Pennsylvania has a big deal pending with oae 
cf the major companies to install tele sets in every room. Still very hush-hush but our 
bet is RCA. ... • If plans materialize, the New Yorker may follow suit. . . . 

• One of the most crowded spots in the tele exhibit was in front of the RCA Field 
Television Camera which was picking up passers-by and telecasting it over a camera right 

next to it Sort of a tele screen test for anyone interested. ... • Incidental 

intelligence: During the war RCA manufactured over 4,000 tele cameras for the Army and 

Navy 250 were the Image Orthicon variety. ... • Companies exhibiting set 

models are RCA, Farnsworth, Belmont Electric, Telicon, GE, Phiico, DuMont and 
Sonora. ... ©A Farnsworth plastic table model (strictly for the exhibit) caused plenty 
of comment. ... • Bell Telephone exhibited a scale model of a tele relay station on 
Jackie Jones Mt., in upper N. Y. It is one of seven intermediate stations between 
N. Y. and Boston which will be initially equipped with two-way transmission. . . . 

• A little less technical was the broklet Allen B. DuMont had printed for the meeting 
which contains the most of the best cartoons having to do with television that have 
appeared during the last year. ... • Another humorous note was the NBC brochure 
to explain many of the terms used in tele which tend to confuse; i.e. blizzard head 
— any blonde, j.i.c. — just in case, wook — :kay and goodbye. ... • Companies ex- 
pand the probable market for tele receivers in proportion to the number of telecasting 
stations. By the latest count, there are nine operating stations, 29 construction permits 

granted for stations and 41 applications pending before the FCC Within the year 

it is expected that we shall have staticns in 38 cities, covering an area which embraces 
45 million people. 

iTOA Com. to Study 

(C-ntinued from Paae 1) 
meeting held at the iHotel Astor. 

A committee is to be appointed to 
meet with a similar committee pre- 
viously named by national Allied for 
the purDose of discussing affiliation. 
The Allied committee consists of 
Irving Dollinger and Ed Lachman, 
New Jersey; Nathan Yamins, New 
England; William Ainsworth, Wis- 
consin, and Sidney Samuelson, East- 
ern Pennsylvania. 

The possibility of ITOA affiliation 
with Allied originated in Boston last 
month when the national body held 
its first post-war convention. While 
the two associations were apart on 
certain industry issues, they ap- 
peared to be seeing eye-to-eye on a 
number of other problems of mutual 
interest and a preliminary session 
between an ITOA committee and the 
Allied board was held following the 

The ITOA affiliation committee is 
to be appointed by Hai-ry Brandt, 

At the meeting yesterday a life 
membership scroll was presented to 
Abraham H. Eisenstadt, veteran 
New York exhibitor. New members 
include the Embassy Newsreel The- 
aters, Midway Theater, Laffmovie 
and Cedarhurst Playhouse. 

Labor Dept, Rep. to Confer 
On Coast Strike With AFL 

(Continued from Pa?e 1) 
iurisdictional dispute with the lATSE 
over set construction moved to the 
nearby Paramount studio laboratory 
and formed a line there. 

Congres=!man Ellis E. Patterson 
notifipd CSU officials th^t Secretary 
of Labor Lewis Schwellenbach was 
sending one of his Chicaeo repre- 
sentatives to meet with AFL execu- 
tives on the studio strike situation. 

Adion by Congress 
To End Music Fees! 

(Ccntinued from Page 1) 

independent exhibitors. Unit senti- 
ment, according to President Sam 
Carver, is that some distributors are 
"getting cocky" in the matter of 

"We are not going to do anything 
collectively on rentals," said Carver, 
"but individual exhibitors have 
reached the point where they will 
seek product from independent dis- 
tributors rather than pay the high 
prices for major products." 

Seattle Anti-Trust Trial 
May Span 10-Week Period 

(Continued from Page 1) 
here is expected to last 10 weeks. 

The complaint, filed last Novem- 
ber, names as defendants: Columbia 
RKO Radio, Warners, Universal 
Film Exchange, Loew's, Paramount. 
20th-Fox, United Artists, National 
Theaters, Evergreen Theaters, Cas- 
cade Theaters, Evergreen State 
Amusement Corp. and Fox Theaters 
These defendants are accused of 
conspiring to monopolize interstate 
distribution of film, of suggesting 
admission price policies and of re- 
fusing to distribute film to any not 
adhering to these policies. The plain- 
t-iffs charge the defendants with re- 
fusing to lease film to them until 
same had been shown in a theater 
operated by one of the defendants. 

Testimony yesterday dealt in part 
with the deposition of Herbert Kauf- 
man, branch manager for Para- 

The defendants, denying charges, 
will endeavor to show that the plain- 
tiffs have participated in the forma- 
tion, maintenance and continuance 
of the practices they now hold un- 

Nine Awards Given 
For Tele Progress 

(Continued from Page 1) 

grams of the past year, were prt 
sented to John Royal, vice-presider 
of NBC, for its special events pre 
gram; Donovan B. Stetler, advertif 
ing director of Standard Brandf~-i. ( 
the best entertainment prof J; , 
Paul Belanger, a television direcxo ' 
at Station WCBW, for the outstanc 
ing artistic program, and Klau 
Landsberg of Station W6XYZ, fo 
the best public service program. 

Recipients of awards for outstand 
ing contributions to the field of tele 
vision (Group 3) were Dr. Oliver I 
Buckley, president of Bell Telephon 
Laboratories, and Keith S. McHugl 
vice-president of American Tele 
phone & Telegraph Co. 

Media for Unbiased Info 

In , making the awards, Raibour 
commented on the fact that telev' 
sion as compared with other medi 
afforded an unbiased method of dis 
seminating information. 

"Spoken or written words," Rai 
bourn said, "are colored by the mind 
of the men through which they ar 
transmitted, while television is th ■ 
first instrument which makes it pes 
sible for a distant citizen to atten 
a Presidential speech or closel 
watch the strife on an industria 
picket line without the interventio 
of another and perhaps biased mine 
The awards presented tonight wer 
basically judged on whether the 
help to make realization of tfe 
dream possible." 

Authors Authority Hit 
By Pen Women's League 

(C'ntinued from Page 1) 
son Higbee, president of the womei 
group, said yesterday. 

"We feel," Mrs. Higbee said, "th 
every writer should have the pri\ 
lege of marketing his own materi 
to any publisher he chooses. We al 
believe that any publisher shou 
have the right to bargain with ti % 
writer without having to pay ai 
percentage of his gross to a clos 
shop organization which defeats i 
principles of freedom of the press )jel 

Mrs. Higbee said her group won 
join with the American Writers' A 
sociation in fighting the Authoi 

The pen women's stand was tak i- 
at a meeting of the group's nation^ 
board here. 


ELIZABETH CARVER, manager. New York oftic 

United States Pictures Corp. 
LORRAINE WALDMAN, information dcsi 

M-C-M, Omaha. 

MARGARET CACNON, secretary, Warners, OmJ 

MRS. CONNIE AUSTIN, cashier, Pic Theat 

Newark, N. J. 
MELBA LEVY, relief cashier, Pic Theater, Ne* 

ark, N. |. 

iday, October 11, 1946 



10 Tele Compromise 
fith Decency 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 
jision of the two-day meeting, de- 
| that he was certain that 
ilore care and attention must be 

rto television program quality 
standards than in any other 
of entertainment." 
'If television is to succeed as the 
iatest means of mass communica- 
n yet conceived, and as a monu- 
,ntal contribution to public sei-v- 
', it must be clean and wholesome, 
npletely tolerant, fair in all public 
ues and a welcome visitor to the 
lerican home," Poppele asserted. 
Inxiety over the future of tele- 
,ion was expressed by Dr. Frank 
igdon in his address befoi'e the 
ining session. 

'Societies for the Suppression of 
t:e, and Societies for the Suppres- 
•n of Thinking will interfere," Dr. 
'igdon stated. 

'What the industry needs is ex- 
•imentation. Experiment, experi- 
• i\t, experiment," he urged. 

Thousand Attend 

lalph B. Austrian, president of 
;.0 Television Corp., and general 
iurman of the Conference, opened 

■ meeting which officially launched 
mmercial tele on a national basis, 

i welcomed more than a thousand 
s, of video, radio, pix, advertis- 
- and other fields. 
The history of tele during the past 
years was reviewed by Dr. Alfred 
dsmith, vice-prexy of the Insti- 
e of Radio Engineers. Unity was 
ential, he said, for the industry's 

■ cess. 

>)escribing video's role during the 

S. Navy's A-bomb tests in his 

- ech, "Television at Bikini," RCA's 

|-:hur Van Dyke emphasized, "The 

uon of Bikini is that the best serv- 

f: of television, the one wherein it 

[ no competition, is that of bring- 

h to people, sights which otherwise 

My could not see at all, rather than 

f. of bringing to them imitations 

[the theater and motion pictures. 

Need Real Life Programs 

The sooner and the faster we ap- 
' efforts toward finding interesting 
gram material outside the studio, 
irelatively low cost, the sooner 
ivision will get out of the labora- 
r aspect and into the delivery of 


SUSSMAN, manager, Joy Theater, Detroit. 

ATKINSON, from Americus, Ca., to Flor- 
Ala. as manager cf the Strand. 
1Y ALLARD, manager, new Wilshire Thea- 
ter, Dallas, Tex. 

LEVINE, manager, Biograph Theater, Chi- 

. YOUNG, manager, Clayton Theater, Clay- 

i, III. 

Theater, Clifford Porter circuit, Fort Worth. 


JK RENO, assistant manager, Strand The- 
ater, Detroit. 

WESTFALL, staff. Center Theater, De- 
It ro It. 

Little MeadUnesz 

YESTERDAY was an important day in the life of Adolph Zukor, chairman of the Para- 
mount board of directors. It marked the coming-of-age of his grandson, Adolph Zukor II, 
whose father is Eugene Zukor, presently in town from the studio. The younger Adolph 
is employed in the company's home office international department where he's learning 
the business from the ground up. 


TWENTIETH-FOX will be staging two world premieres next Wednesday, one at the 
Roxy in New York for "Margie" and one at the Fox Theater in San Francisco for "My Clementine." Record advertising campaigns in newspapers and on the radio will 
nerald the events on both Coasts. 


MARY PICKFORD AND LESTER COWAN will host an informal cocktail party this 
afternoon in the Waldorf-Astoria's Jensen Suite for the 25 editors who are here from 
various parts of the country to participate in the current seminar of the American Press 


UNIVERSAL-INTERNATIONAL will hon r William Dazier, vice-president and produc- 
tion executive, and James W. Poling, nevy Eastern story director, with a luncheon at 
"21" next Thursday. 

• ' 

MRS. HAL HORNE, wife of the b ard chairman of Story Prods., will be guest of honor 
at a luncheon at the Waldorf-Astoria Monday, the occasion marking her retirement 
after fcur years as president of the New York division of the National Jewish Hospital. 
Mrs. Home will be presented with a golden disc. 

Griffith Decision 
Perpiexes Myers 

(Continued from Page 1) 

arnment's brief indicates the proof 
included exclusive, preferential and 
restrictive contracts similar to those 
condemned in the Crescent and 
Schine decisions, and hence I am at 
a loss to account for failure to con- 

Myers added: 

"Recalling the story about Dinty 
in the parade, I can only conclude 
chat all the courts are out of step 
out the district court in Oklahoma. 
If the Government appeals, as I as- 
sume it will, the Supreme Court at 
„he present term will be largely oc- 
cupied with the motion picture in- 
dustry, with the 'Big Five,' Schine 
and Griffith cases all on the docket." 

Friedman, Feldmctn Quit Metro 

Chicago — Joe Friedman and Joe 
Feldman of Metro's country sales 
force have resigned. 

the valuable public service of which 
it is capable, and it alone." 

Austrian doubled later as panel 
moderator for GE's v.-p. Robert S. 
Peare, who was unable to attend the 
opening session. Other speakers at 
the opening session were: Edgar 
Kobak, proxy of Mutual, who spoke 
on "Is Television Necessary?" and 
Paul F. Douglass, president of Amer- 
ican University, who discussed "Tel- 
evision in Education." 

Immediately after the luncheon in 
the main ballroom. Chairman Aus- 
trian presented a scroll on behalf 
of the TBA to Benjamin Cohen, as- 
sistant Secretary-General of UN. 
Cohen spoke briefly. "Your industry 
and our international organization," 
he said, "should work together and 
grow together." 

Yesterday afternoon was devoted 
to four panel meetings covering va- 
rious phases of television. Produc- 
tion, station management, equipment 
-and tele's role in education were 
among the subjects under discussion. 

astern Fiim Labs 
Gets U-l Contract 

(C.ntinued from Page 1) 
been operating as a division of Pathe 
Industries since 1935. The plant is 
located at Bound Brook, N. J. It 
was extensively remodeled last year. 
It has been operating at over-peak 
capacity. To relieve this, a new build- 
ing located at 106th Street and Park 
Ave. will be constructed by Pathe. 
It is adjacent to the newly-opened 
Pathe Studios. 

It was also announced that both 
Eagle-Lion Films, Inc., and Eagle- 
Lion Studios have been organized as 
Pathe subsidiaries. Arthur Krim, 
formerly an executive of National 
Screen Service, has been named pres- 
ident of both companies. A. W. 
Schwalberg, former vice-president of 
Warners and United World, has been 
appointed vice-pi-esident and general 
sales manager of Eagle Lion Films, 
Inc. Bryan C. Foy continues as vice- 
president in chai'ge of production for 
Eagle-Lion Studios. 

Purcell revealed Pathe Industries 
had earned $831,604 for the 32 week 
period ending Aug. 10 and estimated 
that the earnings for the 36 week 
period ending Sept. 7 were about 
$960,000. At this rate, earnings for 
the full year would be about $1,390,- 
000, Purcell said. 

The corporation paid the regular 
quarterly dividend of one dollar to 
cumulative preferred stockholders 
on Oct. 1, to holders of record, 
Sept. 20. 

Seven WB Releases in 
First 1946-47 Quarter 

(Continued from Page 1) 

with four in the corresponding three 
months of the preceding year. 

Other releases previously sched- 
uled for this year include "The Big 
Sleep," "Shadow of a Woman," 
"Cloak and Dagger," "Nobody Lives 
Forever," "Deception" and "Never 
Say Goodbye." 

FBi to Press Drive 
On "Hot" 16mm. Pix 

(Continued from Page 1) 
traffic in "hot" 16mm. prints before 
it became serious. 

Bitto's was the first sentence in six 
ciiminal cases resulting from exten- 
sive arrests by the FBI last Api'il. 
Judge Grover Moscowitz in Brooklyn 
placed Bitto on probation for 18 
months, fined him $250 and suspended 
a six-month jail sentence during 
good behavior. Bitto was charged 
with having rented the picture to an 
individual on or about March 21, 
1946, but he was not charged with 
being involved with the theft of 
the film. 

Many Arrests Last April 

Numerous arrests were made in 
New York in April by FBI agents 
following an extensive probe of il- 
licit 16mm. prints, in co-operation 
with the industry's Copyright Pro- 
tection Bureau. Sources of supply 
and possible thefts of Government 
property were told by Assistant U. 
S. Attorney Matthew F. Fagan to 
the court, pointing out that prints 
turned over to the Army by the in- 
dustry were found to have been 
stolen from the Signal Corps plant 
in Astoria, L. I. 

Edward A. Sargoy, of the law 
finii of Sai-goy & Stein^ which super- 
vises the Bureau activities for the 
industry, said the illicit traffic in 
16mm. prints was of major concern 
to the companies. He described the 
industry's contribution of prints for 
GI use overseas and said some of 
the prints were turning up in vari- 
ous parts of the country, sometimes 
in competition with showings of the 
same pictures in regular theaters. 
Many Prints Recovered 

Commenting on the conviction of 
Bitto, Sargoy said the FBI already 
had recovered many prints of im- 
portant pictures, warning that any- 
body who acquires a picture by sale 
or lease should first be sure he was 
dealing with an authorized distribut- 
ing agent. Insofar as some compa- 
nies are concerned, he said, there is 
no such thing as an authorized 
16mm. print of their pictures. 

Scellen is Canadian Rep. 

Janet Scellen has been placed in 
charge of the New York office of the 
National Film Board of Canada. Of- 
fices are at 620 Fifth Ave. Miss 
Scellen was formerly secretary to 
John Grierson and worked on Ca- 
nadian film problems in England. 


•tr Honorably Discharged -ir 

FRANK MATARAZZO, Army, to relief manager, 
Midwest Tlicaters circuit, Detroit. 

WAITER PATE, Navy, returned as manager of 
Majestic Theater, Detroit. 

WILLIAM BUTLER, Army, formerly of Colonial 
Theater, Detroit, returned as manager of 
Garden Theater, Detroit. 

RALPH LACER, from the Army, advertising- 
publicity department. Century Theater cir- 
cuit. New York. 

A Team for 
Production Work 

WITH their fine grain, their similar rates 
of development, and their speed relation- 
ship that permits apertures of the same 
order for both exteriors and interiors, these 
two films form an ideal team for production 
work ... 

. . . Eastman Plus-X . . . for general studio 

. . . Eastman Background-X . . . for exterior 

use, under good lighting conditions. 

And when little light is available . . . when 
there's a need for increased depth of field 
without undue increase in illumination . . . 
Super-XX, another member of the Eastman 
family of films, gives this team added ver- 
satility and usefulness. 





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Baird Tele Into First American Theaters in Year 

Commer'l Operation Due 
in '48, Says Rauland, Who 
Controls American Rights 

Experimental large screen televi- 
sion, using the British Baird pat- 
ents, will get under way in about a 
year, with operations on a commer- 
cial basis to start a year later, ac- 
cording to R. N. Rauland, president 
of the R. N. Rauland Co. of Chicago, 
Avhich owns the American rights to 
the Baird system patents. 
j Rauland, who attended the Televi- 
(Continued on Page 3) 

Two More N. Y.-D. C. 
Tele Circuits in 1947 

ll As of Oct. 1, more than 2,700 miles 
af coaxial cables were in the ground 
and construction will approach a 
rate of 3,000 miles in 1947, L. G. 
Woodford, general manager of the 
Long Lines Department of Ameri- 
can Telephone & Telegraph Co., said 
Friday at the Television Broadcast- 
ers Association conference. 
Outlining the Bell System coaxial 
(Continued on Page 3) 

smith and Howell Rate 
iearing Set for Friday- 
Albany — The Public Service Com- 
nission will hold a hearing at the 
state Office Building here next Fri- 
lay on rates and charges of Smith 
ind Howell Film Service, Inc. The 
tearing will relate to increased 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Prepare Foreign Pix 
3Iart Reference 

Washington Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — M'PAA researchers 
are working overtime to complete an 
exhaustive loose-leaf reference on 
foreign pix markets. Under the di- 
recti"n of Robert W. Chambers, the 
MPAA plans to issue the most com- 
plete and inclusive survey of foreign 
exhibition, production and other pix 
aspects ever put out. Survey is to 
Include six major headings — ge- 
ography, exhibition, native produc- 
tion, product requirements, legisla- 
tion and censorship. 

Top Hollywood Talent Will Aid the Navy 

In Producing Series of Five Morale Pix 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Top Hollywood talent will collaborate with the Navy in the 
production of a series of five "morale" pix, sponsored by the Navy's Chaplain 
Crrps, and pointed towards Navy personnel but expected to be available for 
general release, it is revealed by Chaplain Monroe Drew, USNR, recently re- 
turned from a conference with Hollywood writers, producers and actors. 

Although coming under the Navy training film program, the pix will be shown 
during Navy personnel's film entertainment time. 

Budget, not yet assigned, is expected to run into several hundred thousand dol- 

U. S. to 'Commenr on 
Distribs.' Proposals 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — A separate comment 
on the distributor judgment pro- 
posals will be filed with the New 
York Statutory Court this week — 
perhaps tomorrow — a Department of 
Justice spokesman said yesterday. 
This comment will be apart from 
the amended proposals to be filed by 
the Department. In the meantime, 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Dinner Tonight Opens 
The Arthritis Campaign 

Spyros P. Skouras, president of 
20th-Fox, will launch the $2,500,000 
fund-raising campaign at tonight's 
formal inaugural dinner of the Na- 
tional Arthritis Research Founda- 
tion, at the Hotel Astor. 

Si H. Fabian, president of the Fa- 
bian Circuit, is co-chainnan with 
Skouras, of tonight's inaugural din- 
(Continued on Page 3) 

Cowan-Pickford Pix 
Via Two Companies 

There is no rift between United 
Artists and Mary Pickford, founder- 
owner of the company, since UA and 
Mary Pickford ax-e synonymous, it 
was pointed out Friday by Lester 
Cowan and Mary Pickford, who re- 
cently entered into partnership. 

The existing releasing agreement 
between UA and Pickford is ade- 
quate for their next year's program; 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Regular Industry Channels 
Will Release Gov't Films 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — - Arch A. Mercey 
OWMR pix chief, announced Friday 
that Government motion pictures 
will be distributed through regular 
industry channels. 

Agreement to distribute the Gov- 
ernment pix to exhibitors was made 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Good Pix Year in India 

Despite Drop in Receipts, Marcus Reports 

Austrian Centralized 
Dubbing Plan to MPEA 

Vienna (By Air Mail) — A proposi- 
tion for the dubbing in this country 
of all American films imported for 
playing in Austria, Germany and 
other German - speaking countries, 
has been submitted the headquarters 
(Continued on Page 6) 

While receipts in India are off, 
1945-46 is nevertheless considered a 
good year in that territorv and Cey- 
lon, Burma, Siam, Singapore, Malaya 
and Java, it was said Friday by 
Moi'ey Marcus, Paramount manager 
for Southeastern Asia, who is here 
for conferences with George Welt- 
ner, president of Paramount Inter- 

Business in the teiTitories is off, 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Court Expected to Find 
Split Industry When It 
Hears Argument Next Wk. 

The industry may take on the ap- 
pearance of a "house divided" next 
week when proposed provisions for a 
final decree in the New York equity 
suit are to be argued before the Sta- 
tutory Court. Whether the court 
grants the various associations their 
motions to intervene or not, it is 
apparent that the three judges are 
aware of the fact that even the in- 
dependent exhibitors are not lined 
up solidly behind the Depai'tment of 
Justice's proposals for a decree. 

The Government's recommenda- 
tion for the elimination of arbitra- 
(Continued on Page 6) 

SAG-AFL Tali( Direct 
On Ending Stril(e! 

Chicago — Screen Actors Guild 
members, hei'e to urge the AFL to 
set up machinery for ending juris- 
dictional strikes at the studios, are 
reported negotiating directly with 
AFL oflficials for a settlement of 
the current studio strike. 

The SAG resolution, which was 
(Continued on Page 3) 

Five New Drive-In Cos. 
Incorporated in Texas 

Austin, Tex — W. G. Underwood, 
Claude C. Ezell and R. Stout have 
incorporated five drive-in theater 
companies to operate in Texas as 
follows : 

Winkler Drive-In Theatre Corp. at 
(Continued on Page 3) 

Gl/r (Ranh-Rydge) 
Gets Clifford's 20 

Sydney (By Air Mail) — Greater 
Union Theaters won out in the 
bidding for the Clifford Theater 
circuit in Adelaide which con- 
trols 20 theaters. Price is in vicinity 
of $1,000,000 according to Norman 
Bede Rydge, GUT chairman of di- 
rectors who also announced plans 
for the erection of new suburban 
theaters probably costing $650000. 




Monday, October 14, 1946 I 

Vol. 90, No. 74 Mon., Oct. 14, 1946 lOCents 

jOhN W. ALICOATE : : : : Publisher 

DONALD M. MERSEREAU : Associate Publisher 
and General Manager 



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(October 11) 



High Low Close Chg. 

Am. Seat 203/4 20% 20% + % 

Bell & Howell 18% 173/4 17% — Vz 

Columbia Picts 241/2 24r/j 241/2 + 1 

East. Kodak 205 204 205 + 3% 

Gen. Prec. Eq 267/8 26 2634 + V/s 

Loew's, Inc 271/4 261/8 27 + 1 1/4 

Paramount 311/8 SOS/g 31 Vg + 'A 

RKO 16% 16 167/3 + 1 

Republic Picts 81/2 71/2 8I/2 + 7/8 

Republic Picts. pfd. . 14 14 14 . ..^^ 

20th Century-Fox ... 425/8 413/8 423/8 + 1% 

20th Century-Fox pfd. 523/, 52 523/, -f- 23/, 

Universal Pict 3O1/2 30 3O1/2 

Universal Picts. pfd.. 871/2 87 87 — 1/2 

Warner Bros I83/4 18 I83/4 — 1/2 


Monogram Picts. . . 57/8 55/8 53/4 -|- Vs 

Radio-Keith cvs 5V» 51/2 57/8 + % 

Sonotone Corp 35/g 35/g 35/g -f i/g 

Technicolor 16 I51/2 16 4- 3/4 

Trans-Lux 47/8 43/4 47/8 + 3/g 


Bid Asked 

Pathe Industries 51/2 6V2 

Cinecolor ... 53/, 614 

commc nno Goinc 

N. PcTER RATHVGN will follow his current 
inspection trip of the RKO Churubusco studios 
in Mexico City with a two-week visit to New 

S.D BLUMENSTOCK, assistant exploitation 
manager of 20th-Fox, left New York Friday tor 
San rrancisco, in connection with the world 
premieie there of "My Darling Clementine" on 
Oct. 16. 

BEN BLOTCKY, Paramount branch manager, 
Minneapolis, is in New York for conferences on 
new product. 

NCcL NEILL is in Minneapolis visiting her 
parents and making p.a.'s. 

ALLEN USHER, Paramount district manager, 
.eft for the Windy City at the week-end after 
nome office conferences. J. H. STEVENS, Chi- 
cago branch manager, accompanied him. 

M. R. (DUKEI CLARK, Paramount district 
manager, is due here tomorrow with FRED 
lARNED, Dallas branch manager. 

RUSSELL HOLMAN, Paramount's Eastern pro- 
duction head, sails from England aboard the 
Queen Elizabeth Wednesday. 

SAM PALMER, editor of Paramount Sales 
News is on vacation. 

Paramount producers, arrived in New York from 
ihe Coast over the week-end. 

AL M. KANE, Paramount's Boston district 
manager, and JOHN MOORE, Albany branch 
manager of the company, are in town. 

Haas), of Paramount's stenographic dept., has 
left on a three-week Miami vacation with her 

Alex Rosenberg Critically 111 

Portland — Alex Rosenberg, sec- 
retary of Evergreen Theater Corp., 
official of .several allied companies, 
and member of the Washington State 
Horse Racing Commission, is in a 
critical condition at the Providence 
Hospital, Seattle, with a heart con- 
dition. He collapsed last week. 

Three Added by Bergman 
To "U" Publicity-Ad Staff 

Indicative of continued expansion 
of the h.o. ad-publicity dept., Mau- 
rice Bergman, Eastern ad-publicity 
director of Universal - International 
Friday announced three additions to 
the staff, along with certain depart- 
mental realignments. 

Newcomers embrace Maria Van 
Slyke, formerly with International 
Pictures, who will do general contact 
work; Milton Livingston, formerly a 
staff writer for Motion Picture Daily, 
who .joins the general publicity staff 
with special assignments in trade 
paper publicity, and William Ker- 
nan, recently with Donahue and Coe, 
who will specialize in the placement 
of exhibitor advertising. 

Phil Laufer, formerly doing gen- 
eral publicity, has been transferred 
to the Winter 'Garden as publicity 

Rites Held for Dunn 

Funeral services were held over 
the week-end for J. Malcolm Dunn, 
veteran stage, radio, and film actor, 
who died at his home in Queens. He 
was 70. Dunn created the missionary 
role in "White Cargo." He was born 
in England. He appeared with John 
Barrymore in the silent version of 
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." Surviv- 
ing are his widow and a sister. 


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BRANSON, lett for Hollywood Friday. 

LEO M. DEVANEY, RKO Radio Canadian di- 
vision sales manager, is in New York. 

WILLIAM LOSS, Cinecolor v.-p., has re- 
turned to the Coast from an eight-week East- 
ern trip. 

NANCY KAY DODSON, Para, studio stylist, 
leaves the Coast today for New York to look 
over the new fashions and see the new shows. 

SIDNEY HERMAN, of Paramount's shorts 
dept. is on a week's vacation at Atlantic High- 
lands, N. J. 

REGINALD WHITLEY, motion picture editor 
of the London Daily Mirror, is visiting Holly- 

SID CAESAR will come to New York as soon 
as his role in Columbia's "The Guilt of Janet 
Ames" is completed to accept one of three 
p.a.'s he has been offered. 

MAX ROTH, Eastern sales manager for the 
New PRC Pictures, arrived here over the week- 
end from Chicago for conferences with Harry 
H. Thomas and Lloyd L. Lind. 

JOHN J. FRIEDL, president of Minnesota 
Amusement Co., left Minneapolis Saturday tor 
a two-week visit in New York. 

ACNES MOOREHEAD, who has just been 
signed to a multiple-picture contract by War- 
ners, arrives in New York tomorrow from the 

CHARLES GOLDSMITH will arrive in Sydney, 
Australia, Saturday by plane from San Francisco 
to attend M-C-M's annual convention there 
Oct. 21. 

HOWARD J. LONDON, director of radio and 
motion pictures for the National Foundation of 
Infantile Paralysis, will arrive in Hollywood to- 
morrow from New York on a two-week business 

LLOYD C. OWNBEY, manager of the Los 
Angeles branch of National Theatre Sup'ply, 
is spending a week in the company's general 
office in New York. 

OSCAR OLDKNOW, vice-president of National 
Theatre Supply, is returning to the Coast 
after a short visit to New York. 

MAX ROTH, Eastern sales manager for the 
New PRC, arrived in New York from Chicago 
over the week-end for a series of sales confer- 
ences with home office execs. 

Moscowitz on Coast on 
New Metro Music Firm 

Dave Home to Coast 

David D. Home, assistant trea- 
surer and a director of Monogram 
International, will leave here today 
by plane for the Coast to confer with 
executives on general policy, in keep- 
ing with the rapid expansion of 
Monogram in the foreign field, and 
regarding the opening of a number 
of branches throughout the world, 
it was announced by Norton V. 
Ritchey, president. 






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Hollywood — ^Charles D. Moskowitz 
of Loew's is here conferring with 
Louis B. Mayer and other studio 
execs. He was accompanied by Abe 
Olman, general manager of the com- 
pany's music publishing enter] s. 

During his stay Moskowitz wi. aid 
in setting up the details of the 
company's new music publishing 
house, Harry Warren, Inc. Mosko- 
witz will be president, Warren vice- 
president, and Leopold Friedman of 
Loew's, secretary. Olman will add 
the duties of general manager to his 
present similar post with M-G-M's 
other music publishing firms. Charles 
Warren will be professional man- 

Dinner for Ed Heiber 

Chicago — Fifty friends of Ed Hei- 
ber gave a farewell dinner for him 
last week at the Drake Hotel. Heiber 
was recently promoted to Universal 
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Iwo More N. Y.-D. C. 
jTele Circuits in 1947 

(Continued from Page 1) 
cable program, Woodford said the 
ico|*Bny expected also to make 
iav^^)le two additional television 
icircuits between New York and 
[Washington next year. In 1947, it 
will push westward towards Pitts- 
burgh and hopes to be able to con- 
nect such cities as Cleveland, Buf- 
falo, Detroit, Chicago and St. Louis 
:by the end of 1948 or shortly there- 
after. Other cities in this general 
area probably can be connected not 
piuch later than this, he said. 
i "In addition," Woodford continued, 
■'we expect the Southern trans-con- 
tinental route through Washington, 
Dallas and El Paso to Los Angeles 
to be completed by the end of 1947, 
as well as an extension along the 
Atlantic Seaboard to Miami. This 
ioes not mean that a coast-to-coast 
relevision circuit will be available 
oy that time, although the basic co- 
Faxial facilities will be installed and 
m operation for telephone service. 
; "One aspect of the situation which 
[v/e expect will be present for the 
jnext couple of years is that the num- 
.oer of television network facilities 
;we can make available between these 
najor cities generally will be lim- 
,.ted to one in each direction. This 
means that the several broadcasters 
may have to share the use of these 

ij Terry Ramsaye, editor of the Mo- 
tion Picture Herald, speaking at the 
•morning session Friday, said there 
jl'wvas I'oom for all branches of amuse- 
i Tient in television. He said he be- 
i ieved motion picture people would 
Ipontinue to operate their industry, 
ij:he radio people would keep on con- 
ip-olling radio and that the television 
ipeople would continue operating 
|.;heir industry after tele was an ac- 
|:epted and universal form of enter- 
- ainment. In other words, each would 
: ceep its identity. 

j Approximately 1,000 attended the 
inal luncheon Friday which was fol- 
owed by panel discussion. Basil 
^thbone served briefly as master 
f ceremonies, cutting his chore 
.hort because of a rehearsal. Selma 
^ee of the William Morris office 
arried on. Entertainers included 
Vorman Gordon, Metropolitan Opera 
inger, and IMildred Clinton, who told 
tories in dialects. 

Jhow "The Verdict" Nov. 4 

National tradeshowing of "The 
/erdict" has been set by Warners 
or Nov. 4. 


Oct. H 

'Doris Anderson Nicholas M. Schenck 

Carson ICanin John iMoynilian 

Veronica Lal(e Eugene O'Brien 

|ohn Shaw Betty Caldwell 

Xen Carson 


1,000,000 RECEIVERS IN 1947: "We must set an objective for our industry to pro- 
duce not less than 750,000 and if possible 1,000,000 television receivers in the calendar 
year 1947. 1,000,000 receivers, if we make a low^ estimate of a fair market average 
list of $200. each, would mean a 200 million dollar retail business for the television 
industry in 1947. There is some question whether $200. will be a realistic average price 
projected at today's production ccsts. It may be higher, particularly when installation 
costs are added, so that 200 million dollars would seem a realistic and readily attainable 
objective." — ERNEST H. VOGEL, Farnsworth v.-p. in charge of sales. 

COMMERCIALS ON FILMS: "Putting ... a commercial on film has both advantages 
and disadvantages. For a one-time one-station shot, it's pretty ccstly. If you try to beat 
that by using the same strip of film time after time without change, you get viewers 
in a mood to throw rocks through the set — or more reasonably, to turn down the audio 
and chat until it's ever. I have seen that happen literally scores of times. In the future, 
when an advertiser may be on many stations, a library of commercial film shorts be valu- 
able, for these can be conveniently sent from station to station and the cost per showing 
can be brought down."— C. J. DURBAN, U. S. Rubber Co. 

TELEVISION SELLS: "Television has already proved to GinVbels its Importance in sell- 
ing merchandise, combining the best features of radio and space advertising with mo- 
tion. ... If the effectiveness of any form of advertising is to judged by sales, the 
Gimbel programs have been highly successful even though the expense is high in terms 
of consumer coverage." — DAVID ARONS. Gimbels, Philadelphia. 

TELEVISION COMMERCIALS: "It took years to develop the radio commercial to 
its zenith of repulsiveness. If this same thinking carries on in television, then if the in- 
dustry survives, which in my opinion it could not, the television audience may expect 
intermittent periods of one to five minutes duration throughout the television broad- 
cast day devoted it will seem to the sole purpose of insulting public intelligence. If one 
picture is worth a thousand words, then one visual commercial can be a thrusand times 
4S bad as the most objectionable aural message. On the other hand, properly handled, a 
brief but well integrated visual commercial will sell a thousand times as well as the best 
aural one." — LEONARD F. CRAMER, Allen B. Du Mont Labs, executive v.-p. 

FILM SEQUENCE PRODUCTION: "While at the moment we do not have what may be 
called an organized motion picture secti''n, we are equipped to produce incidental se- 
quences which our scripts may require. Recently we have filmed numerous public events 
and this type of service will be extended as early as practicable." — G. Emerson Mark- 
ham, Station WRGB, Schenectady. 

FILM APPROACH TO COMMERCIALS: "1. Keep each scene simple and its content 
large. 2. Narrate only what you show. 3. Create picture continuity that by itself tells 
your story. 4. Every picture should contain motion. 5. Use superimposed lettering and 
art w-rk to sell your main points. 6. Make free use of wipes and dissolves." — JOHN 
ALLEN, Marschalk & Pratt. 

A CHALLENGE TO ADVERTISERS: "Entertainment adds to the palatability of ESSO 
(Continued on Page 6) 

SAG-AFL Talk Direct 
On Ending Coast Strike 

(Continued from Page 1) 
accepted by the AFL resolutions 
committee, is expected to be pre- 
sented on the convention floor either 
today or tomorrow. It is predicted 
here that the convention delegates 
will approve the resolution. 

George Murphy, Gene Kelly, Ro- 
nald Reagan and Dick Powell re- 
turned to Hollywood over the week- 
end. Edward Arnold, Pat Somerset 
and Buck Harris remained over to 
continue . SAG activities in connec- 
tion with a settlement of the strike. 

36 Arrests in Fight at 
Technicolor Laboratorji 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — A free-for-all fight 
with the picket line at the Techni- 
color Laboratory Friday morning 
resulted in the arrest of 36 persons. 
Of those arrested, two women and 
seven men were charged with dis- 
turbing the peace while 26 men were 
accused of parading without a li- 

Superior Judge Henry Willis Fri- 
day afternoon issued a temporary 

Dinner Tonioht Opens 
The Arthritis Campaign 

(Continued from Page 1) 
ner. Daphne Skouras is chairman 
of the junior committee. David 
Weinstock, president of Raymond 
Theaters, is chairman of arrange- 
ments. Bob Hope, flying in from 
the Coast, will act as toastmaster. 

Special committee directing the 
inaugural dinner includes, in addi- 
tion to Skouras. Fabian and Jack E. 
Flynn. Loew's Western division sales 
manager, who is national chairman 
of the Amusement Division, and 
many film names, amone them: 

Tom J. 'Connors, Ned E. Deninet. 
Ted Gamble. TLeonard H. ^Goldenson. 
Stanton Griffis, John TiPTt?.. Jr.. Mal- 
'•olm Kine-sberg, E. K. "Ted" O'Shea, 
H. M. Richey, Herman Rnbbins. 
Samuel Rosen. George J. Schaefer 
and David Weinstock. 

Lionel Barrvmore. who will not be 
able to attend tonie-ht's dinner, is 
chairman of the national board of 
sDonsors. A. B. Frev. of St. Louis, 
is the president of the Foundation. 

vestraininar order limitine the num- 
ber of pickets at the Technicolor 
Lab. to 25. 

Baird Tele Into 
New York Theater 

(Continued from Page 1) 
sion Broadcasters Association con- 
ference here last week, said the ex- 
perimental broadcasts would be un- 
dertaken in order to get public re- 
action and to show the trade "how 
it is done." Installations may be 
made in a theater in Los Angeles, 
another in Chicago and another in 
New York City. 

While J. Arthur Rank, who owns 


Philadelphia — The Philco Corp. 
will offer a complete line of post- 
war black and white television 
receivers at a forthcoming Mid- 
winter dealer convention. The 
sets will include table and con- 
sole models. The company plans 
large-scale production of sets in 
1947 in its new plant here. Over 
$3,000,000 has been invested in 
research and equipment. 

the British Baird company, has no 
interest in the Rauland organiza- 
tion, Rank and Rauland are under- 
stood to have an agreement where- 
by they exchange engineering infor- 

Rauland said that despite reports 
of insufficient lighting to make large 
screen tele possible, the Rauland 
method had "plenty of light" and 
that installations would be made in 
theaters, schools and clubs. He said 
"dozens of theaters" throughout the 
country had been offered for the 
initial installations. Rauland uses 
the Baker-Czegho- Schmidt system, 
which is a refinement of the Schmidt 
optical system. Rauland currently 
is making equipment for home re- 
ceivers and is the owner of the rec- 
tangular tube. 

Five New Drive-in Cos. 
Incorporated in Texas 

(Continued from Page 1) 
Houston, $37,000 capital stock. 

Circle Drive-In Theatre Corp. at 
Waco, $21,000 capital stock. 

Cactus Drive-In Theatre Corp. at 
Pharr, $9,000 capital stock. 

Trail Drjve-In Theatre Corp. at 
San Antonio, $12,000 capital stock. 

Shepherd Drive-In Theatre Corp. 
at Houston, $11,000 capital stock. 

'Tain't So. Says Hal 

Hal Home Friday denied a Holly- 
wood report that he was seeking 
Wall St. backing for the purchase of 
Monogram Pictures. There is no 
basis for the report, Home said. 



Hannah Eckstein, New York and 
Brooklyn booker for Republic Pic- 
tures, will be married to Herman 
Fishbein Dec. 25. 

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Independents Split 
On Decree Proposals 

(Continued from Page 1) 
tion was condemned by the independ- 
ent members of the MPTOA, while 
the GIEA and Allied leaders have 
indicated that they don't like the dis- 
tributor-defendants' suggestions for 
the arbiti-ation of disputes. From 
informal comment, indications are 
that the indies are not completely in 
accord with the idea of scrapping 
arbitration and they may come up 
with some thoughts in their briefs on 

Split on Divorcement 

The independent ranks also appear 
to be split over the issue of divorce- 
ment. Indie members of the MPTOA 
have gone on record in the past that 
divestiture is not the answer to the 
problems, although they implied in 
Washington last week that divorce- 
ment and cross-licensing were mat- 
ters of greater concern to the de- 
fendants and the plaintiff than to 
independent associations. Allied and 
CIEA are backing the Department of 
Justice to the hilt on that issue. 

All exhibitor groups appear to be 
opposed to the proposal for com- 
petitive bidding, although a modi- 
fied method may meet the approval 
of some groups. It is on that score 
that the associations will seek to in 
intervene next Monday. 

With the Government and the "Big 
Five" on the one side far apart on 
all the issues, including divorcement, 
auction selling, circuit expansion, 
clearance, pooling agi-eements and 
arbitration, and the exhibitor ranks 
in disagreement on some of the 
issues on the other, the court appar- 
ently will have a problem if it hopes 
to write a decree that will be equit- 
able for all parties. 

Regular Industry Channels 
Will Release Gov't Films 

(Continued from Page 1) 
at a meeting last week between rep- 
resentatives of ATA and a commit- 
tee of distributors and representa- 
tives from MPAA. No other exhib- 
itor group was repi'esented at the 
meeting, which was held in MPAA 
offices in New York. 

Details and procedures governing 
release of a "reasonable number" of 
the films will be worked out by the 
distributors' committee. Mercey said 
he expected a decision would be 
reached this week. 

No final decision has been made on 
what Government-made film will be 
offered for distribution. The first 
film, "Seeds of Destiny" was turned 
down by ATA. A second film, "Mes- 
sage on Famine," was approved by 
exhibitor groups, but may be out- 
dated now. 

In addition to ATA, three other ex- 
hibitor groups have pledged co-op- 
eration with OWMR in the Govern- 
ment film program. These include 
Allied States, MPTOA and PCCITO. 


(Continued from Page 3) 

commercials. As a matter of fact, a recent survey showed that most people viewing our 
program rated our commercials as more interesting than many of the newsree! pictures 
in the program itself. Surely this is an interest in commercials that it is a challenge to 
all advertisers to maintain." — R. M. GRAY, Standard Oil of N. J. 

FEMININE CAMERA OPERATORS: "We are using a young lady as a camera operator 
at the present time, and the quality of her work is beyond reproach. It follows that If 
women can be taught to operate typewriters, comptometers and switchboards — a tele- 
vision camera is no insurmountable problem." — ^ROBERT F. JAMIESON, Station WABD. 

SET GUARANTEES, MAINTENANCE: "Some manufacturers are guaranteeing their 
sets for a year against possible breakdown. Others are using the 90-day RMA Guaran- 
tee for the electronic parts, and a year's guarantee for the cathode-ray tube. The ulti- 
mate decision as to which of these procedures will survive, is largely a matter of ex- 
perience and competitive approach, and it is somewhat early to predict them. The same 
holds true of the amount of money it will cost the average set-owner to maintain his 
set in good-working condition over a period of time. But at this point it is interesting to 
note that many of our early sets are still in daily use after eight years, and the cost 
of their upkeep has been relatively insignificant, considering the length of time they 
have given service." — ERNEST A. MARX, Allen B. Du Mont Labs.' general manager. 

U. S. to 'Comment' on 
Distribs/ Proposals 

(Continued from Page 1) 
the Department will make no com- 
ment upon the distributor proposals. 

It is not likely that there will be 
any separate Government comment 
on the various proposals from exhib. 
groups received in the past few 
weeks. It was pointed out that such 
comment would be in order — al- 
though not necessary — only when 
written proposals were submitted to 
the Court, and that none of the ex- 
hib. groups with the exception of 
ATA has yet filed a brief with the 
Coui't. It was believed, too, that 
none of the amicus curiae briefs 
looked for from at least two exhib. 
associations will be filed long enough 
before the actual hearing to permit 
the Government to prepare com- 
ments for filing with the Coui't. 

"Our ideas on these things will be 
apparent from the judgment we 
propose next week," a spokesman 

There is also no certainty that the 
Government will argne orally against 
the ATA intervention, on which the 
Court will be verbally petitioned 
Oct. 21. It is believed hei-e by Gov- 
ernment lawyers that the interven- 
tion will be turned down, but that 
ATA will be certain to put forth the 
evidence and arguments it would 
present as an intei'venor while 
pleading for the right to intervene. 

March of Time Placed 
On SAG's Unfair List 

The March of Time has been 
placed on the unfair list of The 
Screen Actors Guild and the organi- 
zation has instructed its members to 
refrain from accepting engagement 
by the unit. 

It was stated MOT refused to sign 
the SAG's standard contract be- 
cause of the possibility the former 
would lose its status as a newsreel 
company. The contract is identical 
with pacts signed by all film com- 

'Take' Off in Malaya, 
India Butjfear Good 

(Continued from Page 1) 
due to the evacuation of troops and 
the recent political disturbances 
which have resulted in rioting in 
Bombay and Calcutta and the impo- 
sition of a curfew that has halved 
playing time, Marcus said. 

India absorbs all American pro- 
ducers' product, Marcus reported, 
and also about 20 British films an- 
nually. There are 2,400 theaters in 
India and Ceylon. Of these, 600 
play U. S. and British films, while 
1,800 play Indian product. Indian 
production, Marcus said, totals about 
250 features a year. There are 80 
producing companies, 20 of which 
are considered majors. The latter 
produce from six to 12 a year. 
Tax Removal Boosts Grosses 

Recent removal of the excess prof- 
its tax, a war measure, has boosted 
grosses. The admission tax is 20 
per cent. First runs charge admis- 
sions ranging from 25 cents to a 
dollar. Good product gets as many 
as four runs in big cities at higher 
scales, Marcus revealed. 

"Lost Weekend" was responsible 
for an unusual releasing event. It 
was rebooked in a first-run house, 
six months after original release, ac- 
cording to Marcus, at the request 
of local authorities. He predicted 
the possibility of a second repeat. 

U. S. Pix in One Burma Theater 

Burma has only one theater play- 
ing American films, Marcus re- 
ported. Plans for construction in 
his territoi-y depend on availabilitv 
of short building materials. Ran- 
goon was severely bombed. The 
Carlton, in Rangoon, reports busi- 
ness 40 per cent better than pre-war 

Marcus has been in the territory 
a year. He served in the Navy 
more than three years. Previously, 
for nine yeai-s, he had been in the 
film business in the Far East. 

Cowan-Pkkford Pix 
Via Two Companies 

(Continued from Page 1) 
and beyond that, Pickford, under he 
franchise, is guaranteed the 'ir* 
rights and terms as the oth, . J A 
owners, Selznick and Chaplin. 

The negotiations for distributioi 
through another company, whicr 
Cowan had under way before his de&. 
with Pickford, will be concluded 
Cowan reserved the rights to con- 
clude such arrangements in hi^ 
agreement with Pickford; and sev- 
eral of the new partnership's film; 
will be released through another 
company, to be announced shortly. 
Latter may be Columbia, it was re- 
ported at the week-end. 

Questioned regarding his deal for 
production at the Hal Roach Stu- 
dios, Cowan said he had been assured 
by Roach that his agreement to 
make two films per year for the next 
two years at the studios vnll be car- 
ried out, there being ample space to 
take care of his requirements a? 
well as those of Walter Wanger. 

Among those who attended were: 
Arthur W. Kelly, Gradwell L. Sears, 
Paul N. Lazai-us, Jr., Joseph Bern- 
hard, Roy Howard, Irving Greenfield, 
A.1 Margolies, Arthur Unger, A. L. 
Berman, Jack Cohn, Lillian Gish, 
Dana Andrews, Martha Sleeper, 
Harry Buckley, Herman Shumlin, 
Tom Waller, Hortense Schorr, Joseph 
and Samuel Siritsky and represent- 
atives of the trade and metropolitan 
press. s i 

Pickford-Cowan Entertain I 
Editors Here for Seminar \ 

Leading newspaper editors from 
across the country who are in New 
York to participate in the current 
seminar of the American Press In- 
stitute at Columbia University were 
guests of honor Friday at a cocktail 
reception tendered by Mary Pickford 
and Lester Cowan at the Waldorf- 

panies on the Coast and here. 

Richard de Rochemont, MOT pro- 
ducer, up until a late hour Friday 
night, was unavailable for comment. 

Austrian (I^ntralized 
Dubbing Plan to MPEA 

(Continued from Page 1) 

of the U. S. forces in Austria by 
government officials. 

The offer stems from the dearth of 
currency exchange in Austria and ir 
is thought monies deriving from 
dubbing costs would be applied to 
larger scale film distribution plans. 

The plan will be turned over to 
Wolfgang Wolf, acting films officer 
on the Military Government staff, 
who is expected to foi-ward it to the 
Motion picture Export Association. 

Smith and Howell Rate 
Hearing Set for Friday 

(Continued from Page I) 
"commodity" rates on film and the- 
atrical advertising matter, also can- 
cellation of reduced rates on film re- 
turned to distributor. 


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/OL. 90, NO. 75 NEW YORK. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1946 




ndie Brief Claims Right to Sell on Own Term^ 

lever Tried to Restrain 
-ade. Says Brief; Claims 
idies Will Be Harmed 

Because the proposed final decree 
the New York equity case will 
ecessarily serve as a blueprint for 
; operation of the industry," inde- 
Tident producers will be affected 
iversely^ the court was told yester- 
ly in a petition for leave to file a 
tef of amicus curiae by the So- 
ty of Independent Motion Picture 

The SIMPP said it believed that 
i granting of the relief suggested 
(Continued on Page 7) 

trmy and Navy Ban 
lenes from H'd Pix 

ashington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
I Washington — Irked by the copy- 
! 'ht red tape which has snarled 
I arance of more than 5,000 war- 
1 .de pix, the Army and Navy have 
j -ced a flat ban on use of any 
jjllywood material in training films 
ijich would restrict their showing 
[■ educational purposes, it was 

rned yesterday. 

This will include a ban on Holly- 
(Continued on Page 8) 

lew's Files Fraud Action 
gainst Stamatis Houses 

Lioew's yesterday filed a fraud 
4on suit in Federal Court against 
orge Stamatis, Argosy Amuse- 
nt Corp., Apollo Theater Corp., 
mart Theater, Inc. and Alda The- 
ir Corp., owners of the Apollo, Mo- 
rt and Lvric Theaters in Brooklyn, 
(Continued on Page 3) 

FederhaVf New Prexy 
Of Akron, O., TOA 

Akron, 0. — Max Federhar, owner 
ind manager of the Cameo, has been 
elected president of the Akron The- 
ater Owners' Association, succeeding 
John Polles, former manager of the 
jSpicer. 0^her officers are Frank Hen- 
:n, manager of Loew's, treasurer; 
and Clarence Smeltzly, manager of 
t-he Ideal, secretary. 


Many Better Grossers Now Than When First 
Released, Says Warners' Higginson 


FILM DAILY Staff Writer 
American pix are .still tremendous- 
ly popular down under despite rising 
competitivequalityof Englishproduct, 
Stanley Higgin- 
son, managing, di- 
rector for War- 
ners in Australia, 
reported ^t yes- 
ter day's trade 
press interview. 

Their popular- 
ity can be meas- 
ured by the fact 
that many revi- 
vals are much 
better grosser? 
now than when 
first released 
vears ago, said 
Higginson. "It's 
Love I'm After" Stanley h.ocinson 
and "Viennese 
Nights" have been particularly sue 

cessful as re-runs, and early Errol 
Flynn pix are bigger grossers than 
ever, he added. 

B. 0. "take" is very good, para- 
doxical conditions to the contrary. 
For instance: large unemployment 
and high demand for labor; general 
business is 20 to 30 per cent down 
from war levels, but theaters are 
breaking b. o. records that have 
stood for more than 20 years. 

Government income tax rake-off 
is highest in the world, Higginson, 
pointed out. Amusement tax, ab- 
sorbed by the customers, averages 
about 25 per cent. 

Price controls are still very rigid; 
'axes helped reduce inflation, which 
is almost nil compared to America's 
cost of living, the Warner exec, as- 

No Price Hike in Decade 

Most amazing of all, he com- 
mented, was the fact pix admission 
(Continued on Page 6) 


U" 39 Weeks Net 
Up to $3,206,354 

Universal yesterday announced 
that consolidated, net profits of the 
company for the 39 weeks ended 
August 3, last, aggregated $3,206,- 
354 after all charges, including Fed- 
eral taxes based on income. This 
compares with $2,955,829 for the 
corresponding period of the preced- 
ing fiscal year. 

Screen Guild lipping 
Pix Budgets 25-100 <> 

Chicago — Budgets of future films 
to be produced by Screen Guild will 
be increased from 25 to 100 per cent 
Robert Liupert, vice-president and 
general sales manager, reported fol- 
lowing a meeting of franchise hold- 
ers and executives. Linnert said tha> 
four district offices will be opened by 
(Continued on Page 3) 

Monogram Net Up 129.76% 

Assets $5,747,941; Working Capital $2,108,162 

All Coast Labs Except 
Para/s Closed by Strike 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Onlv one major studio. 
Paramount, was able to operate its 
film lab yesterday morning. Con- 
solidated Film Industries, which does 
work for RKO, Samuel Goldwyn and 
Republic, closed down when only a 
(Continued on Page 4) 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
ttollvwood — Steve Broidy, presi- 
dent of Monop-ram announced that 
gross profits of the comnany, before 
prbvision for Federal income and 
g'-oss nrofits taxes, amounted to 
$779,315, as compared with $401,764 
for the previous year. Net profits, 
after all charges, including provision 
for Federal income and excess profits 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Says it Would Prefer 
Dismissal to Granting 
Of Distribs/ Decree 

The Department of Justice ex- 
pressed sharp criticism of the "Big 
Five's" proposals for a final decree 
in the New York equity case yester- 
day when it filed its comments of the 
distributors' recommendations. .' . 

"If forced to choose between the 
decree proposed by the major de- 
fendants and a decree of dismissal, 
we would cast our vote for dismissal 
without hesitation," the D of J 
wrote, adding that "in that case the 
suit might be said to have failed ae 
a means of applying the Sherman" 
(Cantinued on Page 4) 

China to Pay U. S. 
Oistribs. $4,000,000 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — The Chinese govern- 
ment has agreed to immediate settler 
ment of its 1945 remittance agree- 
ment with U. S. picture companies, 
it was learned yesterday. 

The Chinese Central Bank will 

nay the U. S. companies a total of 

$4,000,000, the State Department 


The announcement was made to 

(Continued on Page 3) 

*>hubert<5 Sue Columbia 
Over Winter Garden Shots 

Lee and Jacob Shubert yestejsday 
filed suit against Columbia to re- 
strain the latter from exhibiting 
scenes of the interior and exterior 
nf the Winter Garden in "The Jolson 
Story." Plaintiffs charge that no 
(Continued on Page 4) 

CJeveHand First-Runs 
In Second Price ttifee 

Cleveland, 0. — Downtown first- 
run houses have upped their week-, 
end admission prices to 75c. This is 
the second hike within the past four 
months. Prior to June, top admission 
for straight movies downtown was 

Cr *\ DAILY 

Tuesday, October 15, 19 

Vol. 90, No. 75 Tues., Oct. 15, 1946 10 Cents 



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and General Manager 



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Oakley Ave., Phone Briargate 7441. LONDON 
— Ernest. W. Fredman, The Film Renter. 127- 
i33>AVardour-St. W. 1. MANILA— Homer 
Stuart, Hotel Manila. HAVANA ^ Mary 
Louise BUnco, Virtudes 214. BOMBAY^ 
Ram L. Gogtay, Sandhurst Bldg. ALGIERS — 
Paul Saffar, Filmafric, 8 Rue Charras. 
STOCKHOLM — Gunnar Ruud, Jaktyarv- 
splan 30.g. HONOLULU — Eileeti O'BH'^i- 
MEXICO CITY — Airi Andrade. ATexico City 
Herald. Colon 14, D. F. MONTREAL— Ray 
Carmichael, Room 9, 464 Francis Xavier 
St VANCOUVER — Tack Droy, 411 Lyric 
Theater Bldg.; SYDNEY— Bowden Fletcher, 
19 Moxon Ave., Punchbowl, N. S. W. Phone, 
UL 2510. BRUSSELS — Jean Pierre Meys, 
110 Rue des Paquerettes; MOSCOW— Rav- 
mond A. Davies, Hotel Metropole. COPEN- 
HAGEN— John Lindberg, Jembanealle No. J, 
Copenhagen-Van Loese. AMSTERDAM— Br. 
T. F. Van Oss, Rubensstraat 80. 


; (Mon., Oct. 14) : 


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Columbia Picts.^ . .-. 
Columbia Picts..pfd. 
East. Kodak ... 

Gen. Prec. Eq 

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Republic Picts 

Republic Picts. ptd. 
20th Ccntury-Jox . 
20th Century Fox pfd 
Universal Pict. 
Universal- Picts. p>fd. 
Warner Bros. 



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. 531/2 

31 1/2 
86 1/4 

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8 1/4 

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85 _ 


' 261/4 

• 271/4 



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+ 1 

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Monogram Picts 53/^ 55/8 

Radio-Keith cvs. . . . 6 - SV, 

Soirttone Corp. 35/a 35^ 

Technicolor I6V2 16 

Trans-Lux 514 5 


• 35/8 



Rathe Industries 6 

Cinecolor 6 . 







TaUphont: HAnovcr 2-3050 


cominc nno goirg 

CEHRING, 20th-Fox Western sales 
s at the Minneapolis exchange. 

W. C 


NEIL AGNEW, Vanguard vice-president in 
charge of distribution, returned by air yesterday 
trom a five-week trip to Europe. 

J. J.' FITZGIBBONS, president of Famous Play- 
ers Canadian Corp., left here last night for his 
Toronto headquarters after -home office confer- 

GEORGE HARVEY, Paramount's press book 
editor, returned . to the home office from a 
week's trip through Pennsylvania and New 

DONALD M. MERSEREAU, associate publisher 
and general manager of THE FILM DAILY, ar- 
rived in Chicago yesterday from the Coast, en 
route to New York. 

ROBERT BLUMOFE, a member of the Para- 
mount studio legal staff, has returned to the 
Coast from a New York visit. 

KIM HUNTER, American actress, who plays 
the lead opposite David Niven in the Powell- 
Pressburger Technicolor film, "Stairway to 
Heaven," will arrive here from the Coast Oct. 
21, en route to London by air to attend the 
Royal Command Performance of the film. 

MARY KAY DODSON,^ Paramount studio stylist,, 
'eft the Coast yesterday, for a. two-week trip to 
New York. , . ■ . 

■). J. MILLER, PRC district manager in Albany 
returned to his upstate office yesterday after a 
five-day visit here. -" . . 

- JOHN CORFIELD, producer of "Bedelia," will 
irrive in New York on the maiden voyage of the 
S. S. America, leaving Southampton Nov. 1. 
The film will be released here by Eagle-Lion. 

ROSE WEINBERG, secretary to Adolph Zukor, 
returned to the Paramount home office. 

lOHN E. FLYNN, M-C-M Midwestern sales 
manager, leaves for Chicago tomorrow after five 
days here for home office conferences. 

GEORGE SCHNEIDER, of M-G-M's studio music 
department, is due from the Coast in a few 

•Publicity department, arrives today from Cali- 

JOHN P. BYRNE, M-G-M Eastern sales mana- 
ger, and his assistant, PAUL RICHRATH, left 
"lere yesterday to spend the week in Boston and 
New Haven. 

-eprinfs and importations, left Los Angeles yes- 
'erday for Salt ake City where he will spend 
*oday and tomorrow before proceeding to Den- 
ver on his return trio East. 

HARRY C. ARTHUR. )«., is on a buslnesj 
•■rio to Boston, Mass. He returns to St. koiris in 
10 days. . ^ . 

ORVILLE CROUCH, St. Louis resident manager 
'or Loew's the9ters, was called to Indianapolis 
by the death of his mother. 

SAM LEFKOWITZ, Eastern district manager 
'''r Warner Bros., leaves today for New Haven. 
He goes -from there to Boston, returning to 
New York at the end of the week. 

ZASU PITTS, who recently completed work in 
"Life With Father" at the Warners' studio, has 
arrived in New York.' . - 

ISOLDE DENHAM, English actress, is en 
route to the Coast for a reunion with her sister, 
Angela Lansbury. M-C-M actress, and their 
mother, Moyna MacCHI, also a British actress. 

Film Classics Advances 
Ableson and Spiers 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM -DAILY 

Hollywood — Robert P.' Ableson, 
Film Classics local branch manager, 
has been named supervisor of the 
company's offices in Portland, Seat- 
tle. Denver and San Francisco. He 
will headquarter here. Edward E. 
Spiers, Milwaukee branch manag'er, 
will take over the Chicago supervis- 
ory post to be vacated by Harry L. 
Mandell, Nov. 1. Ableson's promo- 
tion resulted from the' resignation 
of L. E. Goldhammer. The company 
is currently negotiating with Ed- 
ward Small and Alexander Korda on 
a re-issue deal. 

here from Hollywood and are guests at the Wal- 
dorf-Astoria Hotel. 

LLOYD L. LIND, vice-president and assistant 
sales manager of the new PRC, leaves New 
York today for Canada to hold a series of sales 
conferences on 1946-47 product. He will re- 
turn on Monday after a visit to the Buffalo ex- 

GEORGE DEMBOW; NSS vice-president and 
general sales manager, and district manager 
lACK COHEN, have returned to New York from 

IRVING BERG, NSS service supervisor, who 
has been in Cleveland the past three months, 
has returned to New York. 

MORRY BRODSKY, exploiteer for the Adams 
and Downtown Theaters, Detroit, leaves Oct. 
23 to handle publicity for El Rancho Vegas at 
Las Vegas, N. M., and Hotel Del Mar at Del 
Mar, Cal., for Jack Broder, Detroit circuit 
owner, and Sanford Adler, partner in the 
Parkside Theater, Detroit, who have just 
bought the Western interests. 

JOHN E. RYDER, Paramount, who wa,s acting 
branch manager in Detroit during the waf, is 
leaving for Florida to spend the Winter. 

stars, go to Duluth for the world premiere of 
"Lady Luck" Oct. 24. 

A. E. MEYER, manager of the projection 
equipment department of National Theatre Sup- 
ply, is en route to the SMPE Convention 
^n the Coast, and will visit NTS branches in 
Oklahoma City, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Fran- 
cisco, Des Moines and Toledo before returning on 
Nov. 12. 

EDWN W. AARON, M-C-M assistant gen- 
eral sales manager, and HERBERT NUSBAUM, of 
the home office legal deoartment, have arrived 
in Los Angeles after making a tour of the eom- 
oany's Coast offices. GEORGE A. HICKrr, West 
Coast sales manager, accompanied the home of- 
fice duo on the tour. 

GENE RAYMOND has come to New York to 
aopear in a Broadwav play after completing 
his co-stellar role in RKO Radio's "The Locket." 

lAMES A. MULVEY, president of Samuel 
Coldwyn Prods., left yesterday for Hollywood 
for a week's visit with Coldwyn. 

DAVE EPSTEIN has arrived from the Coast 
and is stopping at the Belmont Plaza. 

HOUSTON BRANCH has arrived from Holly- 

DANNY KAYE Is In Chicago to attend the 
nress partv B & K is throwing for him tonieht. 
His pic, "The Kid frorn Brooklyn" opens Friday 
night at the Chicago Theater and he will attend 
on that night the circuit's silver anniversary 
of the Chicago Theater. 

lOCK LAWRENCE returns from the Coast by 
air either today or tomorrow. 

AUDREY TOTTER, M-G M star who has been 
vacationing in the East, leaves for Hollywood 
the latter part of the week. 

RUDY. BEPCER, M-C-M Southern sales mana- 
ger. Is in Atlanta, having arrived there yes- 
terday from h!<! headquarters in New Orleans. 

FRANK ARTICOLA, of M-C-M's sa'es dept. 
returned yest"eritay'"aft'er a week in Baltimore. 

^I Health Forcee Rvon 
To Leave ChL WB Post 

Chicago — Charley: Ryan, assistant 
zone manager her6 for Warner the- 
aters, is ■ retiring from active serv- 
ice, on Nov.. 2, owinsr to ill health. 
Rvan has been associated with James 
Coston, Warner zonf> manager, for 
the nast 20 years in the management 
of the Warner theaters in the Chi- 
cago area. Ryan mav go to Cali- 
fornia to live, after he settles his 
affairs here. 

Krim to Coast Four Weeks 

Arthur B. Krim, president of 
Eagle-Lion Films, has arrived on the 
Coaat for. a four-week stay in Holly- 
wood where he will discuss forth- 
coming product with Bryan Foy, 
vice-president in charge of produc- 

bitemational Copyright 
Up at CISAC Meeting 

Matters pertaining to the pr'- 
tion of international copyright, 
the copyright situation bet, 
member nations will be discusse' 
the 15th annual meeting of the C 
federation Internationale de£ 
tes d'Auteurs et Compc c 
(CISAC) which will be held 
Washington, Oct. 21-26, in the 
brary of Congress, with Ascap g 
ing as host to a United Nations 
the world's leading composers, dra 
atists and authors. This is the fi 
annual meeting since 1938 and 
first time in the Confederation's \ 
tory that a meeting has been held 
the United States. 

Facilities of the Library of Ci 
gress will be loaned to the CIS.-' 
This is the first time that such 
courtesy has been extended to 
private organization.- 

20th-Fox Set for Biggest 
Billboard Campaign 

Twentieth-Fox will inaugurate ! 
largest billboard campaign in 
history covering key cities from B( 
ton to Los Angeles, it was disclo; 
yesterday by Charles Schlaifer, t 
company's advertising and public 

Tied in with the Skouras Sa 
Drive, the campaign will consist 
the distribution of 24,-319 posters 
•The Razor's Edge," "Margie" a 
'My Darling Clementine." 

Special emphasis in the billboa 
campaign will be made in the Nt 
York area for "The Razor's Edg 
with 18,600 to be posted and t 
utilization of a giant size 48-she< 

Bergman Will Address 
Va. Circuit Managers 

Maurice A. Bergman, Universe 
International's Eastern advertisii 
and publicity director, tomorrow w 
address the managers of Neighbo 
hood Theatres at a meeting at tl 
Hotel John Marshall in Richmon 
Va., in connection with preparatioi 
for the circuit's 20th anniversai 
celebration which will be held du' 
ing the month of November. 

Bergman's topic will be "Sellin 
The Show." He will outline ain 
and purposes of today's theater 2a 

LoetBarnstyn Distributing Corp. 

Exporters — Independent Distributors 
Major Company Releases for Europe 

141 W. 54fh St., New York 19, N. Y. 
Telephone: CI. 6-6060 Cable: LOETSIE 



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Corn-, I, »(■ Film .jnd 
Disc Rccorjin;; Fj'ciiifi',". 

Tuesday, October 15, 1946 



Ihina to Pay U. S. 
Oislribs. $4,000,000 

(Continued from Page 1) 
ihe^^merican Consul General in 
l^bMpiai, thus virtually ending a 
on^squabble with the Chinese gov- 
imment during which major U. S. ' 
iompanies threatened to withdraw 
iroin distribution in China. 
. The Chinese apparently repudiated i 
Jie 1945 agreement in August, 
ilthough the State Department has I 
isisted that the terms would be 
aet. U. S. companies have not been 
laid remittances since July 1945. 

Still to be settled, however, is a 
1946 or subsequent agreement. Ne- 
lOtiations are now going on between I 
lie U. S. picture representatives and I 
18 Chinese officials. j 

State Dept. Aided Negotiations j 
The U. S. State Department was | 
ctive in negotiations which led to 
16 settlement of the 1945 "agree- 
jient." This Government, however, 
nil take no official part in discus- 
ons concerning subsequent agree- 
^lents, although the State Depart- 
ment has made clear that an equit- 
ble agreement should be made. 
Settlement of the 1945 agreement 1 
•as made on the basis of 15 per cent j 
jif remittances at a rate of 20 1 
jlhinese dollars to one American dol- ' 
,iir. At the time of the agreement 
-He rate of exchange was approx- 
mately 2,000 to 1 and subsequently ; 
i,as soared to around 3,500 to one. '■ 
^.;he Chinese had protested that the 
[Bte of exchange and the settlement 
[ gures were too far apart. U. S. 
t )rapanies, however, stressed that 
[ lis was the agreement and the 
I 'hinese had failed to live up to it. 
Threatened to Quit China 
Following the Chinese government- 
sported repudiation of the 1945 
^reement, the major U. S. com- 
anies threatened to pull out of 
'hina and remained adamant until 
;PAA and the State Department 
Dnvinced them to hang on. 
't U. S. companies, however, are still 
Dt satisfied with the Chinese situa- 
.ion. Chinese have slapped a foot- 
le quota on U. S. pictures and have 
it to come through with any equit- 
ole remittance agreement for 1946. 

Irs. Flossie Staley Dead 

■ Detroit — Mi-s. Flossie Staley died 
her home recently following a pro- \ 
•acted illness. She was the wife of j 
illiam J. Staley, for many years ! 
Duse manager of the Stratford The- i 
':res, and mother of Shirley Staley, I 
tratford cashier. Interment is in 
^oodmere Cemetery. I 


Oct. 15 

Samuel Ornitz Herbert Rawlinson 

Joseph Patrick Reddy Irving L. Cillman 
Hal Danson Lewis Stone 

Tuesday's Tidings 

• • • RKO'S NQ> E. DEPINET. if be doesn't watch out, is going 
to find himself drafted by Ye Editor as a roving reporter when be again 
travels overseas Ned, who not so Ipng ago was vj^iting enthu- 
siastically about RKO's British production venture^ now writes- in kind 
from Paris of preparations for the shooting of Rene Clair's first RKO- 

Pothe pic, "Golden Silence" That's the story in which Maurice 

Chevalier will be seen "I know enough about Clair's plans to. pre- 
dict that the showmanship company will startle .you again/' indites 

Ned "It is said that silence is golden, but I cannot be silent about 

'Golden Silence' "...... 

▼ ▼ . -▼-;■'... y y 

• • • CUFF NOTES: When the J. Arthur Ranks come over, eorly 
next Spring, they plan to spend a month to six Weeks in' Holly wood. . . . 

• The Chick Lewises have elected to call the new arrival Judith 
Ellen. ... • Warners' "Nobody Lives Forever" follows "Cloak and 
Dagger" into the New York Strand, opening Nov. 1. ... • The 
Premiere of Warners' "Deception" af the Hollywood has been set bacic 
one day to Oct 18. ... • The Dinner Committee for the armual Har- 
vest Dinner of the Picture Pioneers at the Waldorf on Nov. 20, is prom- 
ising the greatest program the Pioneers ever have had .You'll read 

the details later. ... • The NAVED will hold seven regiondls during 
the next few months. ... • Observing "We are living in d machine 
age," Theater Facts, published by the ATQ of Indiana, observes that 
maybe it won't be so far in the future, but what theaters can eliminate, 
through the installation of coin-operated automatic, ticket-sellers, checkers, 
cashiers and doormen at one sweep. ... • The Little Carnegie run of 

Prestige's "Brief Encounter" is expected to roll up $35.000 That's 

biz, pal 

T ▼ T 

• • • THIS AND THAT: Lauritz Melchior has inaugurated the 

new M-G-M Records Division of Loew's, Inc., with four recordings 

Discs are "Without a Song," "For You Alone," "Yours Is My Heart's 
Desire," and "Lenz" (Spring). ... • Renie Riano, Monogram's 
"Maggie" in "Bringing Up Father," who has been in New York for 
several weeks, left last night for Richmond, Va., and Washington, D. C, 
for p.a.'s, returning to New York in time to attend a cocktail party to be 
given by Monogram in her honor at the Warwick Hotel Friday. . . . 

• Of 42 story properties assigned to seven Warner producers by Jack 
L. Warner, to be launched in the coming year, 22 are published novels, 
six ore plays and 14 are originals. ... • A wit writes in to say 
it's a darned good thing Paramount's "The Big Haircut" isn't being 
made hereabouts It might've been halted by the barbers' strike. 

• Add signs o' the Times Dept.: The Chicago Herald-American in the 
first eight months of the year showed a gain of 218,260 in amusement 
lineage. ... • RCA Victor marked the pressing of its one billionth 
record with a cocktail party Friday in the north lounge of the Rockefeller 
Center Luncheon Club. ... • Elmer C. Rhoden of Fox Midwest has 
arranged for 20th-Fox filming of the American Royal Live Stock and 
Horse Show in Kansas City, Oct. 21-23. ... • Singer Ronnie Gibson, 
sister of Florence Gribetz, secretary to Stanley Shuford, Paramount's ad- 
vertising manager, has started an engagement at La Conga Pic- 
lure-goers will remember her as one of the performers in Universal's 
"On Stage Everybody.". . . • Ted Baldwin, promotion-exploitation 
manager for Vanguard Films promoted the first Chrysler convertible 
car off the production line for himself (at OP A prices of course!!!) 
which he tied in with a beauty and fashion campaign for Selznick's 
"Duel In The Sun.". . . • Bernie Kamber, who represents Carl Lesser- 
man, associated with the Hopalong Cassidy series, is holding his head 

after seeing the latest Bill Boyd flicker, "Fool's Gold". "They're 

spending too much money," Bernie moaned. "Why there's $200,000 
worth of gold alone in the picture" 

Screen Guild Upping 
Pix Budgets 25-100 % 

(Continued from Page 1) 
Screen Guild before the end of the 

New offices will be on the West 
Coast, in the Mideast, the South and 
the East. He reported a harmoni- 
ous meeting and said that the com- 
pany is ahead of its production 

Sam Decker, Film Guild treasurer, 
reported company finances in good 
condition, with a budget of $1,500,- 
000 ready for studio executives as 
needed. Lippert and Al Grubstick, 
San Francisco franchise holder, flew 
to the West Coast after the sessions. 

Loew's Files Fraud Action 
Against Stamatis Houses 

(Continued on Page 2) 

New York. Suit against George 
Stamatis as an individual was 
brought as owner and .controller of 
the major share of the above cor- 

The defendants were charged in 
the complaint with making false box 
office returns on percentage pictures 
beginning in January of 1941 and 
continuing up to the present day. 
The defendants are also accused of 
conspiracy to defraud the plaintiff. 
Loew's complaint asserts that in re- 
lying on the exhibitors' false returns 
it was induced, to lower fees on flat 
rentals as well as percentage pic- 
tures. The defendants are also 
charged with falsifying their books 
and records and of bribing checkers. 

Suit was filed by Louis Nizer of 
Phillips, Nizer, Benjamin & Krira, 
attorneys for lioew's. The company 
asked "exemplary or punitive" dam- 
ages and that the defendants "be 
restrained from destroying, conceal- 
ing, altering or otherwise disposing 
of their books and records" pending 
final determination of the action. 
Plaintiff also filed for a money judg- 

Complaints for RKO Radio, War- 
ners, Paramount and 20th Century- 
Fox will also be filed. 

All James Dead 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Alfred P. (Alf) 

James, 81, retired character actor, 
died at the Cedars of Lebanon Hos- 
pital after a long illness. 

Merger I 11 

Indianapolis — The Ambassador 
and Alamo, formerly operated ^ as 
separate houses by the Marcus En- 
terprises, have been combined into 
one under the name of Ambassador- 
Alamo, to be located at the site of- 
the former. The move results from 
the recent sale of property in whicH 
the Alamo was located, and the 
theater management was forced to 


Tuesday, October 15, 194 

D of J Is Critical 
Of Distribs.' Decree 



The Unose' 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Act to the defendants, but it could 
not be said to immunize them from 
future applications of the act." 

The distributors' proposed decree, 
it was said, would "permit continu- 
ance of the unlawful control of the 
film market which the court's opin- 
ion condemned in a form which gives 
only lip service, and partial lip serv- 
ice at. that, to prohibitions which the 
opinion suggested might make that 
market free." 

Sees No Power Surrender 
In short, the D of J contends, the 
ma;jor defendants' proposals simply 
reflect a firm conviction that no 
power or competitive advantage need 
be surrendered by them merely to 
give effective Sherman Act relief in 
this case. 

"Although repeatedly convicted of 
violating that act," the court was 
told, "they conceive the duty of the 
court in this case, where the na- 
tional scope and basic character of 
their violation are dealt with for the 
first time, to erect a structure of 
affirmative sanction which will per- 
mit them to continue profitable ex- 
ploitation of their superior com- 
petitive position and maintain the 
substance of the illegal trade prac- 
tices which protect it, subject only 
• to further litigation under rules 
favorable to them in tribunals of 
their own selection. In other words, 
they are confident that a suit which 
they ostensibly lost has now con- 
structed for them a more profitable 
method of doing business than they 
have heretofore enjoyed." 

Significant paragraphs of the D of 
J's comments follow: 

Control Said Further Assured 
"The distributor control of the run 
and clearance structure is further 
assured by protection of the 'licens- 
or's revenue' as an alternative to the 
licensee's protection specified in the 
opinion mentioning clearance and 
the runs' bids are to be only those 
'designated by the distributor.' Runs 
may be awarded not only by the 
highest bidders, but such other per- 
sons as the distributor may select 
under criteria not yet recognized by 
the opinion, in accordance with such 
rules and regulations as they may 
adopt. No penalty for non-compli- 
ance is contemplated in any event, 
other than an award for such com- 
pensatory damages as the exhibitor 
may win in an arbitration proceeding 
to be financed by and established for 
the benefit of the . . . defendants 
oyer the objection of the Govern- 
ment. No matter how flagrant a 
clearance violation may be, the rem- 
edy is a mere direction as to how 
to avoid a penalty in the future. 
Even these remedies are withdraw- 
able at the option of the defendant 
should the defendant be subject to 
divestiture, relief denied here, by 
legislation or litigation. 

"Whenever a distributor-defendant 
believes that it will be advantageous 

with Robert uuuiiiiiii^s, iviicucle Morgan 
UA tto Mins. 


V3IVC. mil) UlMi/C^WOivl.i; irlMi-LCK tKJ- 

Wane "The Chase," both in title and 
i.uncet>( IS as tunuaniencai as tne original 
t/iuc in moiiun pictures, it nas eiemems 
^r Deing oinmeni, and cons.uerauiy s^, 
■ roiii auyrn.n^ uiierea in recent tunes. It 
i» dn unusual uraiiia or a memai conuition. 
Haieu un tne Cornell Wuoiricn novel, 
ine CiacK ham or t-ear, ' tne turn treat- 
nienc nas oeen erreciiveiy transi.r<bea to 
cinematic terms oy Annur Kipiey and tne 
le^uicanr onermg snuuiu give me auuience 
d run quuta or su:>pense, meiourama anu 
more tiidn a passing ^nmpse into tne un- 
u:iuai. It IS nut a veiy picasant excursion. 
I iitf gury eiemcnrs weie given rne reansric 

riuin the outset a grim atmosphere is 
createa ana it soon is aj^parent tnat tnings 
die nappenmg, are aouut lO nappen ana uo 
.•dppeii. Une is Kept more tnan 
•idit tne way. Inen a nuM revelation resets 
•lie stage ror anotner version ot wnat 
■iiignt Hdve happened. 

me scene is nurioa where Robert Cum- 
■ngs, a oischargea and broKe veteran, be- 
cumes invwiveu in tne bieve Cocnran-Perer 
Lorre menage. Iney nave some sort ot 
idcKet. He is given a joo driving. Cocnran 
is given to puiiing rancy stunts wniie driv- 
ing via a set or controls in ttie back ot 
tiie car. He likes to race tra>ns ana stop 
iiead at crossings. Micnele Morgan is some- 
iiiing ot a captive in Cochran s house and 
jiie puts with Cummings to run away to 

rrom that point on the story has a night- 
mare quality. Cummings is drugged and 
lails to make tne boat. He comes to in 
time with a weird understanding of what 
.s about to take place and manages to make 
ott with Miss Morgan before sne is kihed 
jy Cocnran. Cochran and Lorre die in a 
motor crash. 

To give away the plot in its entirety would 
not be playing fair. The facets of the story 
nave fine realism in strange quarters ot 
riavana and wnat actually takes place is 
[WO stories. The second takes up where 
the first is completed. It is an interesting 
study of a neurotic condition. 

Cummings, Miss Morgan, Cochran and 
Lorre are highly effective performers in 
ihis story and Ripley's direction takes the 
audience into strange places where more 
stranger things happen. 

CAbT: Robert Cummings, Michele Morgan, 
Steve Cochran, Peter Lorre, Lloyd Corrigan, 
,ack Holt, Don Wilson, Alexis Minotis, Nina 
Koshetz Yolanda Lacca, Shirley O'Hara. 

CREDITS: Producer, Seymour Nebenzal; Di- 
rector, Arthur Ripley; Screenplay by Philip 
fordan trom the novel by Cornell Woolrlch; 
Cameraman, Franz Planer; Music, Michel Miche- 
.et; Film Editor, Ed Mann, 

First rate. 

Ealing May Make Six 
More In Australia 

Sydney, By Air Mail) — Ealir.g has 
secured options on six stories for 
production in Australia but future 
plans hinge on the oegree of suc- 
cess wnich meets ' Overlanders," 
This first Australian production of 
Ealing Studios cost $360,000 the, 
the highest for any pix produced 

Shuberts Sue Columbia 
Over Winter Garden Shots 

(Continued on Page 2) 

permission was given to reproduce 
scenes of the theater which tney own. 
Tne suit asKS $500,000 damages 
and an injuncuon irom leasing or ex- 
niDitmg me picture and advertising, 
it also aslts tor an accounting o± 
the profits. 

Kraska Into Toy Business 

Boston — George Kraska has re- 
signed as publicity and advertising 
director ol Loews State and Ur- 
pheum to enter the toy business with 
nis son, Leonard. 

Joe i>i Pesa succeeds in the theater 

to exploit a film at advanced admis- 
sion prices set by it, in advance of 
general release, it is free to do so, 
provided only that the form of agree- 
ment used is one which grants the 
distributor the use of an exhibitor's 
theater for the run of the picture 
instead of the conventional license by 
which the distributor grants the ex- 
hibitor the right to use the film for 
the same period. 

"Acquisition of theaters, on a per- 
manent, as distinguished from the 

run of the picture basis noted above, 
is also expressly authorized as a 
means of expanding the control over 
exhibition now possessed by the ma- 
jor defendants. The only limitations 
are that the expansion must occur in 
the course of acquiring the interest 
of an existing partner or to protect 
a defendant's investments or to en- 
ter a competitive field. Since any ex- 
pansion in a competitive field where 
they now operate would apparently 
protect any existing investment, 
there appears to be no form of ex- 
pansion which is prohibited. 
Proposal of Auction Selling 

■'While the defendants' auction 
selling proposal is to be implemented 
by rules devised by the defendants 
at some late date, the reasonableness 
of which, we assume, would ultim- 
ately be subjected to further litiga- 
tion, the defendants are obviously 
not disposed to adapt the one simple 
rule under which auction selling 
would ibe fairly conducted without 
elaborate administrative super- 
visions, that the requirement that all 
bids be in terms of a flat sum. Under 
such a system there could be no 
question as to whose was the high 
bid and all other factors would be 
eliminated. If there were any doubt 
on the score or ability of exhibitors 
to pay, the print could be delivered 

"Alternative to a flat rental sys- 
tem of auction selling is a public 
audit of the receipts of the winning 
bidder. While their decree does not 
so specify, we assume the defend- 
ants' rules would make available to 
the losing bidders inspection of the 
winning bid, but if it were stated in 
percentage terms, the losers would 
still not have sufficient information 
to know whether the bid was actually 

All Coast Labs But 
Para. Are Closed 

(Continued from Page 1) 

few of its staff crossed the oick' 
lines. Pathe Industries, Ij 
reported its lab closed. 

Twenty pickets were in front < 
the Technicolor plant but they a 
rived there after the first shift hj 
reported for work and producti( 
was not stopped. 

Officials of Cinecolor conferri 
with CSU reps., and it will not pp 
cess any film for studios involved 
the strike until a settlement 
reached. Cinecolor officials persona 
ly handed out coffee, smokes, eti 
to the pickets. 
683's Action "Void and Unlawful" 

Roy M. Brewer, lATSE interni 
tional rep., following a telephoi 
conversation with Richard F. Wals 
lATSE prexy, in which Walsh d 
clared the action of Film Techniciar 
Local 683 in voting to respect pick( 
lines was "void and unlawful an 
must be ignored," sent a telegrai 
to each member of Local 683 to "rij; 
port for work. In the event you fav 
to do so you will be subject to di^j 
ciplinary action by the lATSE." ; 

John R. Smith, business agent f< 
Local 683, said he understood that 
local of the IBEW, which is a part ( 
CSU, had made an offer to 683 I 
divorce itself from the lATSE ar 
to accept a charter from the IBEV 
Martin said that this proposal w! 
unsolicited and "we have no intei 
tion of withdrawing from the lATS 
at this time." 

Major Still Depts. Affected 

Local 683 has 1,683 members 
the 10 major studios and appro 
mately 600 at Technicolor and 3( 
at other labs. 

Action of Local 683 affected tl 
still departments at all the maj 
studios, and a showdown is expecti 
tomorrow following Brewer's tel 
gram to the individual members. 

Approximately 200 men and J 
women pickets were arrested at Cd 
umbia yesterday morning by poli' 
enforcing the Superior Court's ord 
restricting the number of pickets 

Bail in each case was fixed at $5C 

AFL Resolutions Com. Okayn 
SAG Jurisdiction Strike Men 

Chicago — It was reported he 
last night that the resolutions coi 
mittee of the AFL has okayed t 
resolution on jurisdictional strik 
offered by the iSAG delegation, ai 
that it will be reported to the co 
vention today. 

Edward Arnold of SAG is expect! 
to address the convention tomorrc 
on the Hollyiwood jurisdiction 

the high bid. Only when the run hi 
been considered and the final sett} 
ment made, would anyone know whi 
the winner paid in film rental and 
make this information available, I 
competitors would necessarily be i 
formed as to precisely what his i 
ceipts were." i 







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Tuesday, October 15, 194' 

Amerkan Revivals 
Clicking Down Under 

(Continued from Page 1) 
prices have not gone up in 10 years, 
not counting the wartime imposed 
tax, of course. Minimum admission 
is one shilling (about 23c); usual 
maximum is 5s 6%d; with tax it 
comes to 7s 7d. Nor is there any 
possibility of tax relief in the near 
future, Higginson thought. 

WB still has the plot of ground on 
which the showplace of Australia 
was to be built. It is impossible to 

10,000 FOR 16 MM.- — 

Sydney (By Air MaU) — 
M-G-M's chief of 16 mm. dotvn 
under, Sidney Cecil Gidley, states 
that there are at least 10,000 dif- 
ferent places in Australia, New 
Zealand and the Pacific Isles 
where 16 mm. pix can be prof- 
itably exploited. Metro's 16 mm. 
product will not be shown until 
the 35 mm. versions have been 
in distribution for at least a year, 
according to Gidley. First M-G-M 
travelling unit in the Southern 
Hemisphere is skedded sometime 
before Christmas. 

tell how soon plans can be put into 
action, Higginson said. "Terrific 
shortage of material. Labor short- 
age, too. Homes are getting pri- 
ority," he explained. 

Though there is strong interest in 
16 mm., the actual thing is "quite 
unknown down under," Higginson 
added. So far, he said, he doesn't 
know what WB's plans are, regard- 
ing 16 mm. for Aiistralia. 

Other curious info that Higginson 
brought over: New Zealand is a 
single-feature country; Australia, 
double-feature; a featTire will leave 
the Queensland branch for a two- 
year run, playing house after house 
without once being returned to the 
exchange in all that time; and the 
feature seldom gets lost. 

From 1,100 to 1,400 theaters are 
in Higginson's territory. Reason for 
the wide estimate is .that 200 or 300 
halls are hired for once-a-week runs 
and for travelling shows. 

19 WB Pix for Aussies 

WB will release about 19 pix in 
Australia for the next season, slight- 
ly below last year's output. Censor- 
ship troubles are practically zero. 
Sometimes, however, censors, down 



Chicago — Jack Wohl, of the Great 
States Theater circuit booking de- 
partment, is the father of a baby 
boy, bom at the Norwegian Hospital. 

Arthur Tourtellot, executive as- 
sistant of the March of Time, be- 
came the father of a son, Jonathan 
Bemon, bom Ost. 8 at Harkness 

Dallas Wilshire Opens 

Dallas, Tex. — Interstate Theaters, 
Inc., has opened its Wilsnire Theater. 

Rodell Opens the Rodeo 

New Berlin, III. — ^Rodeo Theater, 
under management of W. J. Rodell, 
has opened here. 

Greenleas' Essex Opens 

Essex, Mo. — The Essex, a 250- 
seater erected here by Greenlea 
Brothers of Canalou, has opened. 

fiJken Opening in Norcross 

Norcross, Ga. — Bill Aiken, form- 
erly manager of Loew's Grand in 
Atlanta, is opening the new Norcross 
this month. 

New Sioux Rapids House 

Sioux Rapids, la. — The Grans have 
opened the new Sioux Theater here. 

Mack Opens Pliunmer Grand 

Plummer, Minn. — F. J. Mack has 
opened the new Grand Theater here. 

To Submit Skouras Offer 
for St. Louis Properties 

St. Louis — Directors of the Am- 
bassador Building Co. and Missouri 
Theater Building Corp. have voted 
to submit oflBcially to the holders of 
their income bonds and voting trust 
certificates the offer of Charles P. 
Skouras to buy, at 100 cents on the 
dollar, any and all of these securities 
aggregating $3,468,200 of the Am- 
bassador and $1,379,000 for the Mis- 
souri company. Official notices go 
out early this week and the owners 
have 30 days from notice date in 
which to accept the Skouras price. 

The Ambassador company, which 
owns the Ambassador and Grand 
Central theater buildings, also con- 
trols all of the common stock of the 
Ambassador Investment Co., owner 
of 52 per cent of the St. Louis 
Amusement Co. stock. No action has 
been taken relative to further exten- 
sion of Ambassador or Missouri 
Theater leases or St. Louis Amuse- 
ment Co. management contract with 
Fanchon and Marco interests, pend- 
ing final results of Skouras deal. 

Rank's John Davis Flies 
Here from London Today 

John Davis, managing director of 
the J. Arthur Rank Organization, 
arrives today by air from Lon- 
don. Davis, who describes his visit 
as "business routine," will spend 
several days here before going to 
Canada for a week. 

Returning to New York from Can- 
ada, Davis will fly back to England 
on the 28th. 

under, delete scenes of "excessive 

Right now there's a cycle on heavy 
drama. Good light action is also 
very popular right now. "No West- 
erns," Higginson explained. Latest 
favorites among WB pix, he said, were 
"Casablanca," "Yankee Doodle Dan- 
dy," and "Kings Row." 

There's a possibility that native 
production might go to six features 
during the coming season. WB has 
no plans for producing in Australia, 
although there are other American 
companies that are slated for Aussie 

Higginson expects to stop off in 
California during his six-week visit 
before flying home just in time for 
the Australian Summer. 

Loss Says Cinecolor Con 
Get Sufficient Raw Stock 

IVest Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — William Loss, vice- 
president and general manager of 
Cinecolor, has returned after eight 
weeks in New York. Primary pur- 
pose of his trip was to make a thor- 
ough survey of developments in 
various Eastern labs with the view 
of keeping Cinecolor abreast of new 
techniques discovered in the past 

Loss also gained specific informa- 
tion that will be helpful in further 
developing the company's three-color 
process. Other conferences were with 
Eastman Kodak execs, to work out 
details of the Cinecolor expansion 
program and its increased needs in 
raw film stock. Loss said the raw 
stock situation looked very good and 
that Cinecolor would obtain a suffi- 
cient amount of stock to take care 
of its requirements for the coming 

Chouinard Leaving UA 
To Join Buying Combine 

Minneapolis — Casper Chouinard, 
city salesman for United Artists 
here, has resigned to become buyer 
for Independent Theaters' Associa- 
tion, effective today. Chouinard will 
buy for 25 theater firms in the 
Twin Cities and suburbs. 

Previously, Tom Burke had re- 
signed as manager of the Monogram 
exchange here to become buyer for 
Theater Associates, Inc., another 
buying combine. 

To Host Tom O'Brien 

Chicago — Richard F. Walsh, 
lATSE prexy, and Gene Atkinson 
of the local operators' union, head 
the committee that will host Tom 
O'Brien, secretary of the British 
Assn. of Theater and Kinema Em- 
ployes, at a dinner tonight. O'Brien 
and Sam Watson, of the British 
Miners Union, are delegates from 
England to the AFL convention. 
O'Brien will leave for Washington 
at the close of the convention. 

Emmanuel Quits GAFC Board 

Victor Emmanuel, chairman of 
Aviation Corp., has resigned from 
the board of General Aniline & Film 
Corp. and General Dyestuffs Corp. 

ARC Seized Properly 
includes 45,000 Pix 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAI I 

Washington — Alien Properl^n. Cu 
torian James E. Markham y* id: 
informed the President that n.^ jffi 
has seized property valued at $30( 
000,000, which gives it direct or i 
direct control over assets valued 
nearly half a billion dollars. 

These figures are contained in x] 
terminal report of the Office of Alic 
Property Custodian which has bei 
submitted to the President. The r 
port was made public in connecti( 
with the transfer of the functions 
the office of Alien Property Cust 
dian to the Department of Justice. 
APC Controls 45,000 Pix 

The custodian explained that tl 
office also controls 45,000 pix ar 
other patents and inventions, 
least half a million copyrights ai < 
many other valuable interests whi^ • 
cannot he appraised in dollars. Mo 
of this property, Markham said, wi 
seized during hostilities but son 
has been seized since as a part of ti: 
agency's program to eliminate f* 
mterests in property in the sun 
owned by hostile German and Japa 
ese nationals. 

Most of the patents seized fro I 
enemy owners have been made avai i 
able for licensing on a royalty fre 
non-exclusive basis for an admini i 
trative charge of $15 each, Markha 

Seeks Modified Act 

To accelerate sales and to preve 
the possibility of any American i 
dustries returning to the control 
the enemy or their foreign affiliate 
Markham said the office had r 
quested modification of the Tradii 
With the Enemy Act so that f oreij 
nationals could not sue for return > 
property but only for compensatio 

The present legislation which pr 
vents sale of property against whi( 
foreign nationals with alleged tit 
claims have filed suits or are threa 
ening to sue is in large measure r 
sponsible for forestalling the sa 
of $200,000,000 worth of unliquidati 
property, the custodian explained. 1 
date, he added, $102,000,000 of vest( 
property has been converted to cas 

Shortly after officially acceptir 
Markham's resignation yesterda 
President Truman signed an exec 
tive order turning over the duties i 
the Alien Property Custodian to tl; 
Department of Justice. 



FRED E. BUCKHOUT, manager of I 
Rouge Theater, River Rouge, Mich., 
Associated circuit, is recovering front 
throat infection which necessitated si 
gical treatment. 

ROBERT GOULD, of the Chicago Theat 
in the Windy City, is recovering from f( 
operation at Wesley Memoria! Hospital. 

ARCH TREBOW, B & K buying supervifl 
is convalescing at his home after an Ed{ :|| 
water Beach Hospital operation. 

tsdii, October 15, 1946 


(dies Claim Righl to 
^11 On Own Terms 

(Continued from Page 1) 
-Vlq, hriof would both avert unin- 
jH|bnd grave injury to the inde- 
•^^a producers and at the same 
:e give real assistance to the court 
its efforts to create an open com- 
:;tive market for pictures in the 
-rest of the nation's consuming 

■hree Points Raised by SIMPP 
; hree points are raised in the 
•f. They are: 

1) "Being innocent of any at- 
? pt to restrain trade or foster 
.lopoly, the independents under 
: authorities have a clear right to 
jose of their products upon such 
ns as they see fit, and the court 
uld so declare. 

.2) "The independents' right to 
Dose of their products upon such 
ns as they see fit should not be 
ddged because as a matter of 
lomic necessity, they are com- 
■ed to use the defendants as dis- 
utors — retaining to themselves, 
-ever, control over the terms and 
, ditions of contracts made with 
; ributors. 

3) "In the event this court makes 
::ific provision for roadshows in 
; decree, or fails to make any pro- 
ion therefor, it should make clear 
li: the rights of the independent 
"iucers with respect to roadshows 

not interfered with." 
Takes No Stand on Divestiture 
'he brief points out that the So- 
'y at this time takes no position 
[the question of divorcement or 
[the dissolution of affiliated cir- 
1- s. The SIMPP is more concerned 
[1 the problems "which will be 
iited by any decree entered in 
fformance with the court's opinion 
tch is not written with full protec- 
2 of the independents' situation in 
f industry." It is further asserted 
h the independent producers are 
r parties to the case, are not 
Uated with them except as pro- 
^2r and distributor and "were not 
!■ could not be found to be guilty 
my of the practices which gave 
^ to the law suit and were con- 
jmed in sweeping terms by the 

he SIMPP declares that if the 
rt doesn't clarify its rulings, 

Ititite HeiBdlines: 


KL JULIAN, from Army, to Beverly, Detroit, 
IS- assistant manager. 

©EWERSDORF. from Navy, to operator, 
Strand, Detroit. 

NOEL, special rep., Retiscope Screen Co., 

I ■B. FAULKNER, manager. Princess, Mount 

3ora, Fla. 

I SHAW, head booker, Republic, Cleve- 


■H M. FOLEY, booker. Monogram, Omaha. 

rON EICHENBERC, JR., salesman, PRC, 


'EY SHAPIRO, assistant tnanager, Cranaiia 

'heater, Chicago. 

WITH THE AID OF INDUSTRY NOTABLES, the $2,500,000 fund-raising campaign 
of the National Arthritis Research Foundation got off to a good start at last night's in- 
augural dinner, at the Hotel Astor. Spyros P. Skouras, president of 20th-Fox, was chair- 
man of the dinner and Si H. Fabian, president of the Fabian circuit, co-chairman. 
David Weinstock, president of Raybcnd Theaters,- was in charge of arrangements. 

• ,-■■■ 

ADDITION OF VIRGINIA MORRIS to Paramount's publicity-advertising staff was 
made public today by Curtis Mitchell, the company's national publicity and advertising 
director. Miss Morris will work on Paramount advertising projects under Stanley Shuford 
adv. manager. Before her association wifh Paramount, which became effective yesterday, 
Miss Morris was in charge of trade paper advertising for 20th Century-^Fox for two and 
a half years. 

• . 

ADVANCE EXPLOITATION FOR "The Razor's Edge" currently on view in the 
rotunda of the Roxy Theater features what is said the largest animated book dis- 
play ever attempted. Operated mechanically, the "book" containing six pages, measures 
14 feet at its base. Pages are four by six feet. They are turned every 15 seconds. The 
display was built by the Weinreich and Neuman Manufacturing Co. 

• ■ 

laws, with capital of $100,000 in one dollar shares, has certified to the Secretary of 
State it will conduct business in New York at 63 Wall St., New York City. Frederick R. 
Ryan is president of the corporation. 

Blum Fxolains Barrina 
BBC Critic from Metro Pix 

Report from London that the Brit- 
ish Broadcasting Co. and its radio 
film critic, E. Amot Robertson, were 
considering bringing: a suit against 
M-G-M and Dave Blum, Loew's In- 
ternational advertising, publicity and 
exploitation manager, has aroused 
much interest in film circles here. 
The threatened suit would be based 
on the fact that M-G-M barred Miss 
Robertson from attending press pre- 
views of Metro pictures. 

Blum complained that in recent 
vears, most of London's critics have 
been trying to outdo each other in 
wisecracks about pix. Reviewers 
hardly take into account the movie 
fans' viewpoint. 

Temnest came to a head with 
M-G-M's barring of Critic Robertson 
from press pre-views because of her 
unfavorable attitude toward the com- 
oany's films. Miss Robertson said 
she had been harmed by M-G-M's 
request that BBC bar her from 
broadcasting her views. 

BBC's reply was: "The corpora- 
Hon does not accept the views of 
Miss Robertson's criticisms ex- 
pressed by M-G-M. It feels confi- 
dent in her ahility and integrity as 

A.ustrian FJre«5 to Mexico 
To Inspect RKO Studios 

Ralph B. Austrian, president of 
RKO Television Corp., arrived in 
Mexico City yesterday by air from 
New York. While there, he will in- 
spect the new RKO Mexican studio? 
as well as several television enter- 
ori'es which are under, way there 

From Mexico. Austrian p-rves tf" 
Hollvwood to attend the SMPE FaP 
Conferencp and will deliver a nane-^ 
entitled. "The Showmanshin Side of 
Theater Television." He nlans to r^- 
tnrn to New York around Nov. 1? 
wi+h stons enroute to address A '^ver 
tisino- Clubs in several large West- 
em cities. 

a critic, and cannot agree to M-G-M'-- 
nronosal that it should co-onerate ir 
nlacing restraint on her freedom f 
review narticular films in future 

Blum pointed out that since BBC 
is a monopolv radio listeners tend 
to get the idea- that comment ex- 
pressed by BBC reviewers renre- 
sents the opinion of the corporation 

Blum recently returned from a 
two-month tour of Europe, Africa 
and the Middle East. 

f-here is serious danger that exhibi- 
'-ors, out of caution, may decline to 
-^^al with independents on any basis 
different from that allowed bv the 
"ourt in dealings between exhibitors 
and "guilty defendants." 

Freedom to Establish Terms 
It is contended that, judging by 
■■he court's opinion, the independents 
who have not been judged guilty of 
"onsniracy should be free to contract 
for the exhibition of their own films 
on such terms as they may individ- 
ually establish. This would include 
nrovision for the maintenance of 
minimum admission prices, showing 
♦■heir own films in theaters which 
*-hey may own or lease, or owned or 
leased by defendants. The independ- 
■^nts may, if they choose, disregard 
auction and insist upon minimum ad- 
mission prices, clearances, etc., not 
necessarily in conformance with the 

restrictive rules laid down for -the 
defendants as licensors, it is claimed 
in the brief. 

The court should, the SIMPP as- 
serts, "make clear that the restraints 
imposed on the defendants as licens- 
ors do not aonly to the independents 
marketing their own films regardless 
of whether the defendants are used 
bv the independents as instrumentali- 
ties for such marketing." 

As to roadshow films, the SIMPP 
declares that if the indie producers 
are denied the right to such policies, 
they "will simply refuse to risk 
their money in these ventures," as 
they are the expensive editions of 
the screen and are likened to rare 
and costlv books. 

The brief was prepared by Loyd 
Wright, counsel for SIMPP, and 
James M. Barnes and Morris L. 
Ernst, of counsel. 

Monogram Hel Up 
129.76% Over 1945 

(Continued from Page 1) 
taxes, amount to $379,474, as com- 
pared with net profits for previous 
year of $165,161. This represents an 
increase of 129.76 per cent over the 
previous year. 

- Consolidated net profit for the 
fiscal year ended June 29, 1946, com- 
puted without any deduction for 
payments of dividends on 5V^ per 
cent cumulative convertible pre- 
ferred stock (all of which stock was 
retired during the year), amounted 
to approximately 52 cents per share 
on 721,118% shares of common 
stock outstanding at June 29, 1946. 
This compares with earnings of 33 
cents per share on 500,000 shares 
of common stock outstanding the 
previous year. 

Common Stock Increased 

Conversion of preferred stock in- 
creased outstanding common stock 
from 500,000 shares at June 30, 1945, 
to 721,118% shares at June 29, 1946. 
Gross income of the company for 
the period ended June 29, 1946, after 
deduction of distributors' commis- 
sions and agents' selling commis- 
sions, amounted to $6,235,228, as 
compared with $4,807,445 for the 
previous year. This represents an 
increase in gross income of 29.7 per 
cent at June 29, 1946. 

The consolidated balance sheet 
shows current assets of $5,747,941, 
and current liabilities of $3,639,779, 
resulting in a net working capital 
of $2,108,162. This compared with 
a net working capital of $1,842,868 
for the previous year. 

Mono. Int'l Expands 

Monogram International Corp., a 
subsidiary which handles the com- 
pany's foreign operations, has con- 
tinued to expand its business. With 
the close of the war, the Monogram 
product is again being distributed in 
Italy, Belgium, Holland, France. 
Czechoslovakia., the Philippines, Chi- 
na and other countries. 

In order to facilitate expansion in 
foreign territories, subsidiaries of 
Monogram International Corp. have 
been formed in Brazil, Argentina, 
Panama, Cuba, India and Malaya. 

"During past fiscal year," con- 
tinues President Broidy's statement, 
"your company produced its first 
million; dollar picture, 'Suspense,' 
which is now in release and being 
sho-WTi throughout United States in 
many large first-run theaters which 
had never before shown a Monogram 


Denver — Howard Campbell, office 
manager, Warners exchange, and 
Kay Jansen were married in Iowa. 
They will make their home in Den- 



Tuesday, October 15, 194 

Army and Navy Ban 
Scenes from H'd Pix 

(Continued from Page 1) 
wood-made stock footage and any 
other use of talent or material un- 
less contracts contain "unrestric- 
tive" clauses which would permit the 
pix to be shown by educational and 
other institutions. 

With both Army and Navy ex- 
pected to produce more than 1,000 
pix a year in their expanded peace- 
time motion picture program, this 
crackdown is expected to have far- 
reaching effects. 

The decision to produce "unre- 
stricted" pix was made by ranking 
Army and Navy officials following 
consultation with representatives of 
the Surplus Property Sub-committee 
of the Senate Military Aifairs Com- 

Forrestal Approves 

Although he has taken no official 
stand, it is known that Secretary of 
the Navy James Forrestal approves 
of the general setup. 

Answering the flood of requests 
from educational institutions the 
Senate Committee for more than 
three months has attempted to ob- 
tain copyright clearance on the 5,000 
pix which were made during the 
war. Most of the pix contain stock 
footage or other copyright material 
obtained through Hollywood studios. 
Up to now the committee's efforts 
have been in vain. 

Although Army and Navy officials 
admit that the heaviest demand is 
for these war-made pix, they are 
determined that the situation will 
not be duplicated during peace time. 

In addition to the contracts for 
many of the pix made with Holly- 
wood studios during the war, sep- 
arate written agreements restricting 
showing of the films to service pur- 
poses were made. 

Navy Produced 500 Pix 

Most of the pix made during the 
war, of course were made for or by 
the Army. The Navy, however, pro- 
duced more than 500 pix during the 
war which are not bound by copy- 
right restrictions. With the excep- 
tion of a handful of other films, 
these Navy pix are the only ones 
now being shown to civilian audi- 
ences, despite the reported heavy 
demand from educational institu- 

The Navy alone plans to produce 
more than 300 pix a year under the 
new "unrestrictive" showing pro- 
gram, with the Army expected to 


if Honorably Ditcharftd if 

MARTY BRAVERMAN, from Army, to laleiman 
for Independent Poster Service, Minne- 

STANLEY ANUSHKO, former manager of Grant, 
Detroit, returned from Army, now manager 
of Casirra. Detroit. 


Takes Over Hiisbcmd's Interest 

Detroit — Mrs. Katharine Johann, 
widow of Joseph Johann, has formal- 
ly taken over her late husband's in- 
terest in the Midway Theater in the 
suburb of Dearborn, and signed a 
continuation of the 10-year partner- 
ship agreement with Victor Retty, 
which has about eight years to run. 

Take Over ChL Chopin 

Chicago — Lou Zittenfield and E. 
R. Austerlade have taken over the 
Chopin Theater from John Gordon. 

Kalama, Wash. — The Monroe The- 
ater, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Karl 
Olsen, has been sold to Mr. and Mrs. 
Nicholas Reck. Plans for improving 
the theater are being drawn. 

Rubin Acqiiires the Era 

Chicago — S. Rubin has acquired 
the Era Theater, Harvey, 111., and 
will operate the hou^e with Sam 
Chernoff of the Hawthorne Theater, 

Pederson Purchases Gully 

Gully, Minn. — H. J. Pederson is 
new owner of the Gully here. 

3-Thecrter K. C. Debut for 
"My Darling Clementine" 

Kansas City— 20th-Fox will launch 
"My Darling Clementine" here at 
thel Uptown, Fairway and Esquire 
with a Hollywood-type premiere on 
Oct. 18. This follows the world pre- 
miere in San Francisco, Oct. 16. 

The initial showing will be tied in 
with the current American Stock 
Show. Cathy Downs, Vivian Blaine, 
Peggy Ann Garner, Kurt Kreuger, 
Lon McAllister and Phil Silver will 
come from Hollywood to participate 
in the proceedings and there will be 
a 25-piece band and male chorus of 

Opening festivities are being 
eruided by Elmer C. Rhoden, Fox 
Midwest Theaters chief, and Sy 
Preedman and Robert Kaufmann of 
the 20th-Fox exploitation depart- 

Frank Cromer Dead 

Fort Worth, Tex. — Frank Cromer, 
52, theatrical decorator and head of 
the Dallas stage hands union, is dead. 

make several times this number. 
Navy reports service demands for 
about 800 pix a year but budget re- 
quirements have whittled this to the 
300 figure. 

Under congressional law the 
Library of Congress will serve as 
central clearing agency and renosi- 
"■ory for Government-made films. 
The library, however, cannot touch 
any of the pix with copyright re- 
Library of Congress to Classify 
The library this week is expected 
to inform the Senate Committee of 
its plan to classify the war-made pix 
in an effort to discover what copy- 
rights are involved. The Armv Sig- 
nal Corps, holders of about 3,000 of 
the films, recently completed a break- 
down of the films which showed that 
only about 100 were made by MPAA 
and SIMPP member companies. The 
Senate Committee pointed out that 
"somebody" neglected to have the 
Army Air Corps, which has about 
2.000 pix. do the same thing. Many 
of the films not actually made by 
Holljrwood companies, however, con- 
tain stock footage which must be 
cleared of copyright restrictions. 

Hirsch Heads Quebec 
Theatrical Industries 

Montreal — Officers elected at the 
annual meeting of the Quebec Allied 
Theatrical Industries are the fol- 
lowing: Hon. president, B. E. Nor- 
rish. Associated Screen News; pres- 
ident, J. Arthur Hirsch, Consolidated 
Theaters; first vice-president, 
George Ganetakos, United Amuse- 
ment Corp.; second vice-president, 
Edouard Gauthier; secretary, Eugene 
Heulac; treasurer, William Lester. 

On the executive committee are 
Hirsch, Ganetakos, Gauthier, Alban 
Janin of France Films Co.; C. Bour- 
assa, William Lester, Gordon Dann, 
Eugene Beaulac, B. C. Salamis, Mau- 
rice West. 

Directors include A. Adelman, St. 
Agathe, Albert Bey, Thetford Mines, 
C. Bourassa, C. H. Brock, Leo Cho- 
quette, O. Cote, Gordon Dann, George 
Ganetakos, J. E. Ganetakos, Gau- 
thier, Hirsch, Janin, Lester, Elvear 
Cote, C. A. Magnan of Malartic, I. 
B. C. Salamis, Thomas Trow, Three 
Rivers, and West. 

ACLU Intervention Plea 
In Petrillo Suit Denied 

Chicago — Plea of the American 
Civil Liberties Union to intervene in 
the trial of James C. Petrillo, AFM 
prexy, was denied by Judge Walter 
J. Labuy. Trial is set to start on 
Nov. 4. 

Joseph Padway, counsel for Pe- 
trillo, charges that the Lea Act, 
under which the Government brought 
suit against the AFM head, is un- 

Judge Labuy said he would give 
both defense and prosecution half a 
day each to present their arguments. 

Ira Schuster Dead 

Ira Schuster, 57, composer of such 
hit songs as "Only a Shanty in 
Old Shantytown" and "I Am an 
American," died here. He was as- 
sociated with Leo Feist, Inc. 

From Star to the Ohio 

Antwerp, O. — J. A. Cromley has 
sold his Star Theatre to Ted Kara- 
george. New owner has changed 
the name of it to the Ohio. 

Mono. Sto(k Increase 
Before Stockholders 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAlf. 

Hollywood — A recommenda;*:^— <» b ' 
the Monograzn board of dire< < t] 
increase the company's authoi'ize 
capital stock from 1,000,000 to 1,500 
000 shares of ?1 par common will b 
considered by stockholders at the ar 
nual meeting to be held at the hom 
office on Nov. 13, it is revealed by th 
notice of annual meeting. 

Shareholders will also elect 
board of 10 directors and considei 
the board's action in conferring upo 
Maurice Goldstein, general sale 
manager, the benefits of the existin 
executive bonus plan which former! 
accrued to Harry Thomas, one-tinr 
Eastern sales manager. 

Nominate Ritchey to Board 

Management has nominated Noi 
ton V. Ritchey to fill out the board c 
directors, now comprised of W. Ra 
Johnston, Samuel Broidy, George I 
Burrows, Howard Stubbins, Charle 
Trampe, Herman Rifkin, Williai 
Hurlbut, Arthur C. Bromberg an 
Edward Morey. Ritchey, who ha 
been with the company since 193'. 
currently is president of Monograr. 
International. ', 

Notice of meeting revealed thai 
Johnston owns 17,611% shares cf 
common stock and has options t '■ 
purchase 12,500 additional shares 
Broidy holds 7,799 shares, wit 
options for 10,000; Burrows, 4,53 ^ 
=hares, options for 3,000; Morey, 90 
shares, options for 600; Rifkin, 16. 
585 shares; Stubbins, 228 shares 
Trampe, 8,353 shares; Hurlbut, 4,02 
shares; Bromberg, 1,086 shares, an 
Ritchey, 5,254 shares, and optio:i 
for 2,500. Liberty Theaters, Inc., 
Boston, of which Rifkin is presiden. 
owns 11,825 Monogram shares, an 
Monogram Southern Exchanges 
Inc., Atlanta, headed by Bromberg, 
holds 15,372 shares. 

Directors' Remuneration 

Remuneration by directors w' 
served during the year ended Jui 
29, or candidates for the new boar!l! 
was listed as follows: Johnston, $71 t: 
607.24; Broidy, $78,342,15; Burro-wil 
$34,932.90; Trem Carr, $71,607.24' 
Stubbins, $1,300; Rifkin, $400 
Morey, $26,691.45; Trampe, $400 
Hurlbut, $300; Bromberg, $300 
Paul Porzelt, $300, and Ritchey, $2n. 

Company employes who receive 
in excess of $20,000 during the fisca 
year include: Roy Del Ruth, $42,500 
Leon Errol, $21,000; Leo G. Grocej 
$40,000; Eugene Pallette, $25,000 
Phil J. Regan, $26,562.53; Belita Jep 
son Turner, $69,999.80; Everet 
Freeman, $24,000; Scott R. Dunlap 
$32,482.90, and Maurice Goldstei , 


Alice Sliwinsld Dead 

Detroit — Alice Sliwinski, 28, fo 
merly Alice Shimkus, is dead froi 
uremic poisonine. She was on tl 
office staff of Wisper and Wetsms 
Theatres for about six years. 

M. F. Prod-uction Dist. 
28 V/. 44th St. 21st floor 
New York N. Y. 

'intimate in Character 
.international in Scope 
independent in Thought 

The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Twenty-Eight Years Old 




a NO. 76 




SAG Move for Settling Strikes Okayed by AFL 

Convention Acclaims SAG 
iesolution and Arnold's 
*lea for Arbitration 

' Chicago — In a double-barrelled 
^fiove of major strategic value, which 
"lay have a far-reaching effect in 

eaching a quick settlement of the 
' resent Hollywood strike, the Screen 

ictors Guild yesterday won acclaim 
ff the national convention of Ameri- 
can Federation of Labor which 

nanimously approved a SAG reso- 

ation for the establishment of im- 
i^artial arbitration machinery to 
jorestall any future jurisdictional 
strikes in film studios, 
p, Edward Arnold, one of the Guild's 
Oi (Continued on Page 14) 

ndependenf Artists 
10 for RKO Release 

" N. Peter Rathvon, president of 
":KO-Radio, and Frederick Brisson, 
resident of Independent Artists, 
ave consummated a deal for the 
i.KO release of pictures produced by 
:A., it was announced last night. 
h Member producers of the independ- 
ilat outfit are: Rosalind Russell, 
F'udley Nichols, Frank Vincent and 
(red Brisson. 
Terms of the agreement are that 
(Continued on Page 14) 

iOew's, Metro to Start 
lasses in Languages 

Employes of Loew's Int'l and 
[-G-M Films will soon begin the 

Iiudy of foreign languages as the 
2sult of an idea suggested by Dave 
lum, Loew's Int'l publicity direc- 
3r, to George Muchnic, v.-p., and 
pproved by Arthur Loew, prexy, 
(Continued on Page 12) 

E. itf . Loew Circuit 

Joins Allied*s IE 

Boston — The E. M. Loew circuit 
has joined Independent Exhibifrs, 
Inc., of New England a unit of Na- 
I tional Allied. The E. M. Loew circuit 
comprises 40 theaters situated 
throughout New England. 

French to Duh 15 Features into German 

In Studios in American Occupation Zone 

Berlin (By Cable) — An agreement has been reached on U. S. -French film 
activities here and in Munich. Eric Pommer and Colin Reval, French cinema 
chief, have approved a deal whereby 15 French films will be dubbed into Ger- 
man in Munich and the local Tempelhcf Studios, both in the U. S. occupation 

A sound studio in Fribourg, in the French zone, started operating Sept. 1. 
Another studio at Remagen started operations yesterday. First French product 
to be handled in Germany includes "Children of Paradise," "The Nightingale 
Cage," "The Eternal Return" and "The Wiot." 

Guarantee Minority 
Riglils-Hays to ADL 

Will H. Hays former MPPDA 
prexy, told a luncheon, group yes- 
terday at the Astor Hotel: "Minority 
rights should be guaranteed by the 
majority." Hays underlined the pat- 
riotic purpose of the Anti-Defama- 
tion League, spearhead organization 
combatting bigotry and intolerance. 

Joint Defense Appeal which fi- 
nances ADL's activities held a spe- 
(Coiitinued on Page 10) 

150 Easterners to Coast 
For SMPE's Convention 

The biggest Eastern delegation of 
SMPE members ever to attend a 
meeting on the Coast will be on hand 
for the 60th semi-annual convention 
at the Hollywood-Roosevelt Hotel, 
Hollywood, Oct. 21-25, according to 
Don E. Hyndman, president of the 
organization. Up to yesterday more 
(Continued on Page 10) 

liief Jap Circuits 

Termination of a distribution 
agreement between the Motion Pic- 
ture Export Association and the 
Toho and Shoehiku Circuits in Japan 
was announced yesterday by Irving 
Maas, vice-president and general 
manager of MPEA. 

The two circuits are also involved 
in production. The deal was called 
off due to the failure of Toho and 
(Continued on Page 13) 

Day Says Bidding Will 
Add to Distribs/'Take" 

The Statutory Court's proposed 
auction selling plan will mean a 
"considerable" increase in distribu- 
tors' revenues, but not necessarily 
from a general overall rise in film 
rentals to all theaters, it was said 
yesterday by Bernard P. Day, pres- 
ident of Joseph P. Day, Inc. 

"The increase in film rentals," 
(Continued on Page 14) 

See Pix as Nazi Re^educators 

Their Importance to Grow, U. S. Mission Says 

H'wood Talent to Co-op 
In Navy's Morale Films 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Top Hollywood tal- 
ent will collaborate with the Navy 
in the production of a series of five 
"morale" pix, sponsored by the 
Navy's Chaplain Corps, and pointed 
towards Navy personnel but ex- 
(Continued on Page 12) 

Alternatives in Defense 
Of Roadshows Offered 
By Vanguard Films 

An exception in the final judg- 
ment of the court in favor of the 
roadshowing of unusual and ex- 
pensive pictures is recommended by 
Vanguard Films in a petition for 
leave to file a brief as amicus cimae 
in the New York equity case. The 
petition was filed yesterday by David 
0. Selznick through his attorneys, 
Samuel S. Isseks and Milton A. 

In order to prevent possible eva- 
sions of the injunction against the 
fixing of admission prices and other 
(Continued on Page 12) 

lo Huddle Tuesday 

A committee representing the In- 
dependent Theater Owners Associa- 
tion of New York will meet with a 
national Allied committee on Tues- 
day for the purpose of discussing an 
ITOA-Allied affiliation. Session will 
be in the form of a luncheon meet- 
ing at the Hotel Astor. 

The two committees will "endeavor 
(Continued on Page 9) 

To Publish Findings of 
Small Business Com'tee 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Findings of the 
House Small Business Sub-commit- 
tee on monopoly and the anti-trust 
enforcement policy will be published, 
even though the hearings themselves 
were called off, it was learned here 
(Continued on Page 10) 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Motion pictvires must 
play an increasingly important role 
in the re-education of Germany, the I 
U. S. education mission to Germany 
recommended yesterday in calling ' 
for additional supplies of raw film 
stock and picture equipment for the 
former Nazi nation. 

The mission also recommended the 
creation in this country of a volun- 
(Continued on Page 14) 

Televise Truman 
Over Station WNBT 

Films of President Truman as he 
addressed the nation Monday night 
on the meat and stabilization prob- 
lems were taken in Washington by 
cameramen of NBC's Television sta- 
tion WNBT, flown to New York and 
presented over the station last night. 
WNBT is normally off the air Tues- 
day evening. 


Wednesday, October 16, 194^ 

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(Tues., Oct. 13) 

cominc nno Goinc 

Studios Doing as Well 
As They Can — Eyssell 

NED E. DEPINET, RKO executive vice-presi- 
dent, accompanied by PH.L REISMAN, RKO 
Radio vice-president in charge of foreign oper- 
ations, will return to Ne.v York after five 
weeks ab:oad, leaving London via Pan A.-neri- 
can plane today . 

PHIL GERSDORF, publicity rep. from RKO 
Radio's Hollywood studios, returns to London 
today from Paris. 

ALLEN GREEN is expected to arrive in New 
York today for a stay of several weeks. 

PAUL JONES will leave Hollywood Nov. 1 for 
a month's vacaticn in Arizona and later San 

A. ]. O'KEEFE, Universal-International as- 
sistant general sales manager, will leave New 
York today by plane for Los Angeles and San 

JOHN E. FLYNN, Midwestern sales manager 
for M-C-M. leaves today for Chicago, his head- 

reprints and importations, leaves Salt Lake City 
today for Dsnver. 

JOHN I. MALONEY, Central sales manager 
for M-G-M, will arrive today from his Pitts- 
burgh headquarters. 

FRANK J. DOWNEY, Detroit M-G-M mana- 
ger, is due today for home office conferences. 

WILLIAM POWELL, the M-C-M star and his 
wife DIANA LEWIS are in New York for a 
vacation. Powell will make several radio broad- 
casts whi'e here. 

SHARA^F. costume designer under contract to 
Samuel Gcldwyn, arrived in New York today. 


High Low Close Chg. 

Am. Seat 221/4 21 22 1/4 -|- 2 

Bell & Howell 1934 19V2 '^^Vz -f IJs 

Columbia Picts 261/4 251/2 261/4 + JA 

East. Kodak 220 214 220 -|- 8 

Gen. Prec. Eq 271/3 26I/2 267/8 + % 

Loew's, Inc 28% 28 283/8 + IVb 

Paramount 321/2 32 32 -f- % 

RKO ..*. 18 175/8 173/4-4- 3/4 

Republic Picts 9'/2 85/8 91/8 -!- Vs 

Republic Picts. pfd.. I51/2 ISVs ISVs + Vs 
20th Century-Fox . . . 443,4 435/8 445/8 + IVg 
20th Century-Fox pfd. 55 541/4 55 -I- 1 1/7 

Universal Pict 32 31 32 -|- Vl 

Universal Picts. pfd. 88 88 88-1-2 

Warner Bros 20 I91/2 1934 -f '/a 

Monogram Picts. . . . 61/3 53/4 6 -(- % 
Radio-Keith cvs. ... 61/2 6 6i/4 -f 5/8 

Sonotone Corp 33/4 354 33/4 -|- 1/8 

Technicolor IS'/a 16% 16%+ % 

Trans-Lux 51/4 SVs S'/g — V& 


Bid Asked 

Pathe Industries 6% 73/, 

. Cinecolor 6'/^ 63^ 


If 1# II ■# h ll 

1600 BWiy, N.r.C- CIRCLE 6-0081-2-3-4 

G. L. CARRINCTON, president of Altec, has 
returned to the Coast after a two-week busi-' 
ness trip to New York. 

HARRY GOLDBERG, Warner Theaters' di- 
rector of advertising and publicity, left last 
night for Chicago and Milwaukee. He goes 
from there to Cleveland and Pittsburgh, re- 
turning to New York at the end of the week. 

LEONARD S. SCHLESINCER, president and 
general manager of Warner Service Corp., is 
on a trip to Chicago, Milwaukee, Oklahoma 
City and Memphis. 

NAT D. FELLMAN, Warner circuit executive, 
is in Cleveland today. He is due back in New 
York tomorrow. 

HAROLD POPEL, executive of Scheftel-Ber- 
ger Theaters, and ISABEL KELLY, of the War- 
ners' sales department, married here Oct. 5, 
leaves this week-end for Buffalo and Niagara 

JOE SLOAN, who has been acting as relief 
manager in Loew's Midwestern theaters, is now 
in New York for reassignment. 

EDWARD HORWITZ. independent film dis- 
tributor, arrived here from Los Angeles to ne- 
gotiate for films for his West Coast organiza- 

AGNES MOOREHEAD, who recently completed 
an imoortant role in "Summer Holiday" for 
M-G-M is in New York for a vacation. 

BERT GRANET. RKO Radio producer, leaves 
New York via CMoper for London on Friday. 
A'ter visiting England. France and Germany. 
Cranet will return to the United States late in 

Kentucky ATO Will Hear 
Paramount's Claude Lee 

Claude F. Lee, Paramount's public 
relations director, will speak on the 
value of exhibitor groups as agen- 
cies through -which the individual 
-howman can cope with public affairs 
■^nd legislative problems, at the 
Kentucky Association of Theater 
Owners annual banquet tomorrow 
nis-ht in Louisville, Ky. 

Lee. invited bv Guthrie F. Crowe. 
'11-esirlent of the association, will 
also discuss how a co-ordinated plan 
if good community relations is the 
foundation for constructive state- 
wide defense aeainst unsound regu- 
lation or discriminatorv tax burdens: 
■^nd how the public relations of the 
whole industry must rely heavily 
unon the theater's direct contact 
with the people. 

Net of 125,000 'U' Com. 
For International Pix 

Philadelnhia — The Universal Pic- 
■■ures Comnany, Inc. will acouire the 
iroopr+v and as~ets of the Tnterna- 
'ionnl picture'' Corporation for a ne^ 
->f 125,000 shares of its common 
-tock. accordino- to a r)osl--effec*"ivp 
THioTirirnent to the res-'^'-ration filed 
bv TTniversal with the SEC. 

TTnder an agrp'^ment ma-^e Aug 
^1 Universal would a"nnii-p Interna- 
■■ional 'ub.iect to the liabilifips of the 
^qtter in exchanee for 280.000 com- 
mon sliarps. It is antir-inated that all 
•^bp 280.000 shares will be issued for 
Tntemati^nal and th^t unon liauida- 
tion of tho letter Universal would 
iret back shares of its own 
common in exchange for its holdings 
in International. 

Cinema Lodge to Salute 
UN at Meeting Oct. 29 

United Nations will be saluted by 
Cinema Lodge, B'nai B'rith, at the 
Hotel Astor, Oct. 29, Jack H. Levin 
Cinema president, has announced. 
Benjamin Cohen of Chile, UN's as- 
sistant secretary general, will re- 
ceive the lodge's tribute to the world 
organization. Also expected to at- 
tend are: ,Dr. Isidore Lubin, U. S. 
member of the economic and social 
council of the UN economic and em- 
ployment commission, and Christo- 
pher Cross. U. S. radio liaison officer 
of UN. _ 

Marvin Kirsch, Cinema v. -p., is 
program chairman. 

Holljnvood's producers are doini 
as well as they can .considering hof 
they cun-ently are hamstrung bfl 
jurisdictional strikes and other head 
aches, Gus Eyssell, president an 
managing director of the Radio Citl 
Music Hall, told The Film Dail| 

Eyssell returned from tf ^es 
Coast in time for last week*! 
preeming of "The Jolson Stoi 
which, he says, is doing "very wellj 
at the box office. 

Music Hall's Christmas pic has no 
as yet been selected, it was state 

Columbia reported yesterday tha 
"The Jolson Story" in its first fou 
days at the Music Hall broke all pre 
vious records for its pix at that shon 
palace by "a wide margin." 

Deny Report Thomas 

To Headquarter on Coast 

Reports that Harry H. Thomas 
president of the New PRC, woulc 
transfer his headquarters from Nei 
York to Hollywood, are completelj 
erroneous, according to the com^ 
pany's home office. 

Thomas will leave for Holly^voo< 
shortly for a routine -visit to th( 
studio and a few of the Western es 
changes. Upon his return he wil 
continue to headquarter in Nei 

Olsham to Milwaukee for Col. 

Harry Olsham, New Haven sales- 
man for Columbia, has been ap- 
pointed branch manager in Milwau- 
kee, succeeding Oscar Ruby who has 
been transferred to Cleveland. 

D. C. Board of Trade 
Honors John J. Payette 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAL 
Washington — A personal cita: 
honoring John J. Payette, War: 
Circuit zone manager in this tei: 
tory, "For his foresight and enic 
prise in introducing talking pictir. 
to Washington," is included in 
scroll presented by the local Boa 
of Trade to Warners. 

Addison Joins PRC in Atlanta 

H. M. Addison, formerly -witi 
Loew Theaters and a district man 
ager for the Schine circuit, has hee\ 
named to handle exploitation fo 
PRC in Atlanta under Lige Brien. 

We are pleased to announce that 


formerly in charge of outside producer accounting 

at First National and Columbia 

has joined our staff in the, capacity of 



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Certified Public Accountants 
Members American Institute of Accountants 
efeller Plaza New York 20. N. Y. 

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kVednesday, October 16, 1946 

Cf' \ IttltY 

Hayer Gels Medal; 
[o Europe for R.C. 

ashington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — The Medal of Merit, 
16 nation's highest civilian award, 
las presented yesterday to Arthur 
J. Mayer, man- 
ging director of 
he.' -^Ito The- 
. t =ri n New M„ ' * \ 
fork, for his war 
lei-vices with the 
led Cross and as 
civilian motion 
icture consul- 
lant to Secretary 
|f War Patterson, 
ho made the 
Mayer leaves 
•hortly for a sur- 
3y of American ' ,■ 
ed Cross instal- ^ ' 
itions and activ- 

.ies in Europe, ARTHUR L. MAYER 
ith the possibility that he later will 
sit Japan and General Douglas 
acArthur on a similar mission. It 
ill be his fourth foreign trip in 
e interest of the Red Cross. 
Mayer again will serve as assis- 
nt to Basil O'Connor, chairman of 
ie American Red Cross, and will 
ake his headquarters in Berlin. 

For "Outstanding Services" 
The citation accompanying the 
vard read in part: 
'Arthur L. Mayer, for exception- 
ly meritorious conduct in the per- 
imance of outstanding services to 
le United States. Mr. Mayer, as 
ecial consultant to the Secretary 
War from Jan., 1944. until Sept., 
44, was largely responsible for 
e great and successful expansion 
the War Department's motion pic- 
re service to industry, by which 
rnerican management and labor 
re informed of their vast and im- 
tant parts in the war effort, and 
ich proved so effective in stimu- 
ing the production of supplies and 
ateriel essential to victory. His 
idance, judgment and constructive 
2as, drawn from a long and varied 
perience in the motion picture in- 
itry, were invaluable in improy- 
g the quality of films produced, in 
forming industry of the existence 
^d most effective use of the _ pro- 
ams available, and in obtaining 
these programs the wide distri- 
tion necessary to the accomplish- 
E-nt of their purposes." 

ngo Back in Minneapolis 
Minneapolis — The Lake Theater, 
nabe, has revived Bingo and will 
onsor the game every Tuesday 

OSoyiqi^l '\ 


Oct. 16 

Bruce Mitchell Lawrence TIbbett 

Mm lordan Corinne C if Ith 

Judith Ann Rosenberg Eugene Picker 



' ""^ PHIL M. DALY 

Happy Birthilayf Bob! 

• • • PHIL M.'S CONGRATS TODAY to Bob Weilman, and his 
aides, as the New York Paramount starts its 20th birthday celebration 

with the opening of "Blue Skies" Since it bowed in with "God 

Gave Me Twenty Cents" in November, '26, the house that Adolph Zukor 
built has played 675 screen crttractions, to an estimated aggregate at- 
tendance of more than six and a half million The Paramount, cele- 
brating, can look back on some hectic moments It was there 10 

years ago that swing became a vogue and jitteibugs started dancing 
in the aisles, led by that pied piper of the panty-waists, Benny Goodman 

It was at the Paramount that the bobby-soxeis first squealed as 

they worshipped at the shrine of their Frankie. . . . . .As one of Paul 

Whiteman's "Rhythm Boys" Bing Crosby played the Paramount shortly 

after the theater opened for $100 a week A few years later Bing 

was booked as a single at $1,000 a week Other stars who got 

their first start here include Ginger Rogers, Ethel Merman, Rudy Vallee, 
Danny Kaye, Cass Daley, Red Skelton, Betty Hutton, Gertrude Niesen, 
Hazel Scott, the Andrews Sisters, the Ink Spots, Rub'noff, Ruth Etflng, and ' 
such band leaders as Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Harry James, 
Charlie Spivak and the talented Major Glenn Miller, lost in action over 

Europe Until three years ago, only one screen attraction had 

played live consecutive weeks at the theater Then Bing Crosby, 

in "Holiday Inn" played six weeks and set a new attendance record 

of 132,000 in its first week The longest run was scored by "Going 

My Way," which played 10 straight weeks and went on to win the 

Academy Award two years ago 

▼ ▼ ▼ 

• O • WITH MORE PRODUCT than any other company to pub- 
licize between now and Jan. 1, the United Artists publicity boys, as re- 
sourceful and competent a band as you'll find in filmdom, are still 
reeling imder impact of a flattering assignment handed them Friday 
Howard Hughes then decided he wants them to handle the mul- 
tiple New York opening of "The Outlaw" The boys last January 

had a big campaign lined up for a visitation here by Jcme Russell 

but the Hughes' interests ploughed over the spade work But they 

didn't plough it under because the lads were able to fly in from the 
West Coast a totally unknown stenographer who had just finished her 
initial bit part in another picture for another UA producer and give her 

the benefit of all their Russell thinking Other outside press agents 

that Hughes subsequently hired later brought Russell to Manhattan 
and she returned to the Coast a couple of weeks later with the reading 
public none the wiser Hughes' return to the home plate depart- 
ment, while flattering to the boys, finds them without tools Most 

of the copy they are attempting to re-write was written five years ago 

Hughes, 'tis said, won't bring any one to town to help them angle 

stories He doesn't even want his pic shown to the met. critics in 

the projection room Despite it all, however, the boys are going to 

town with their bare hands They all know that story about the 

surgeon who operated without a scalpel 

T T T 

• • • CUFF NOTES: Arthur W. Kelley is hosting a luncheon at 
the Gotham Friday to introduce Alexander Lasar Kipnis cmd Ludwig 
Berger, who are launching an important industry project. ... • John 
Donnelly & Sons, large New England outdoor advertising compcmy, which 
is mulling over television on billboards, has named Alfred Pote, of 
Harvard University, as television consultant. ... • Dee Lowronce has 
resigned from M-G-M's home office publicity dept., effective Friday, to 
complete a novel she has been working on. ... • Charles F. Fitz- 
gerald, assistant manager of Fabidn's Proctor, in Troy, and the Missus 
will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on the 23rd 


Oct. t9: Warner Club, Inc., annual meeting, 
home office. 

21: Cincy Variety Club testimonial for 
Jack Bannon. 
22: Annual meeting, Motion Picture The- 
aters Association of Ontario, Toronto. 

Oct. 25: Paramount Pictures Club dance. Hotel 
As tor. 

Oct. 28: Dave Miller-Lester Zucker joint testi- 
monial, Statler Hotel, Cleveland, 0. 

Oct. 28-29: Allied Independent Theater Owners 
of Iowa and Nebraska convention, Des 

Oct. 28-29: Allied Theater Owners of Texas 
convention, Dallas. 

Nov. 1-15: "Sc;een Publicists in Art— 1946 
exhibit, Barbizon-Plaza Hotel. 

Nov. 8-11: Joint convention of the Theater 
Equipment Dealers Protective Association 
and the Theater Equipment and Supply Man- 
agers Association, Commodore Perry and 
Secor Hotels, Toledo, 0. 

Nov. 11-13: Allied Theaters of Michigan, Hotel 
Bock Cadillac, Detroit. 

Nov. 12: "Night of Stars," Madison Square Car- 

Nov. 13: Monogram stockholders annual meet- 
ing, Hollywood. 

Nov. 18: North Central Allied mid-year conven- 
tion. Hotel Nicollet, Minneapolis. 

Nov. 19-20: ATO of Indiana annual Fall con- 
vention, Severin Hotel, Indianapolis. 

Nov. 20: Picture Pioneers Harvest dinner, Wal- 

Nov. 21: Barney Balaban JDA testimonial din- 

Nov. 22-23: Independent Theater Owners of 
Wisconsin and Upper Michigan convention, 
Schroeder Hotel, Milwaukee. 

Nov. 23: Canadian Picture Pioneers ball and 
carnival. Royal York Hotel, Toronto. 

Nov. 25-26: Allied MPTO of western Pennsylvania 
convention, William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh. 

Nov. 30: Cleveland Salesmen's Club Thanksgiv- 
ing dinner-dance, Statler Hotel. 

Jan. 28: Board meeting to elect officers of the 
Allied Independent Theater Owners of East- 
ern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. 

Feb. 3-5: National Electric Sign Association 
convention and exhibition. Congress Hotel, 

Aug. 4-7, 1947: NAVED convention and exhibit, 
Hotel Sherman, Chicago. 

ITOA, Allied Corns. 
To Huddle Tuesday 

(Continued from Page 1) 
to reach an understanding on vari- 
ous issues upon which they are not 
in complete accord and to find "com- 
mon ground" upon which they hope 
to work harmoniously. 

The ITOA committee consists of 
Leon Rosenblatt, chairman; Robert 
Goldblatt, Rudy Sanders, John C. 
Bolte and Harry Brandt. The Allied 
committee includes Irving Dollinger, 
chairman; Ed Lachman, Nathan Ya- 
mins. William Ainsworth and Sid- 
ney Samuelson. 


York City, to deal in motion picture films, 
capital 100 shares no par value stock, three 
shares subscribed. Incorporated at Albany by 
Elliott L. Biskind, Rosalind Rock, Leona M. At- 

City, deal in motion picture films, capital 100 
shares no par value stock, three shares sub- 
scribed. Incorporated at Albany by Mildred 
Lebon, Theresa Powers, Adolph Lund. 





Wednesday, October 16, 19^ 

Guarantee Minority 
Rigf!ts-Hays to ADL 


I Continued from Page 1) 
cial luncheon-committee meeting to 
further plans for the dinner honor- 
ing Paramount's President Barney 
Balaban, to be held at the Astor 
Hotel, Nov. 21. 

Para's Lou Novins asserted: 
•'The Anti-Defamation League and 
the American Jewish Committee 
seek not to serve the self interest of 
Jews." He traced the divisive tac- 
tics used by the Nazis against 
democratic governments here and in 

Nazi War-Provoking Methods 
Novins pointed out that despite 
Germany's defeat, forces are still 
abroad using the same Nazi technics 
for the purpose of provoking an- 
other war. Future armed conflict, 
he warned, would result in ruin for 
all mankind, not alone the Jews. 
ADL's purpose was to check anti- 
democratic bigotry. 

Pre-campaign pledges totalled 
more than $50,000, pledged b'y the 
seventy-odd leaders and representa- 
tives who responded to Chairman 
Jack Cohn's invitation. Joint De- 
fense Appeal's budget for the com- 
ing year is $5,000,000, 43 per cent 
increase over last year's. 

Members of publicity committee 
for the industry division are: Chair- 
man, John Hertz, Ji\: Maurice Kann 
and John W. Alicoate, publisher of 
The Film Daily and Radio Daily. 
Those Attending 
Those attending the luncheon 
were: Henry R. Arias, George Bar- 
nett, Sam Berns, Rabbi Bernard Bir- 
stein, Joseph Birstein, Max B. Black- 
man, Harry Brandt, William Brandt, 
Leo Brecher, Alfred. G. Burger, Phil- 
ip Chasin, T. J. Connors, William D. 
Cope, L F. Dolid, Benjamin R. Ep- 
stein, Carl Erbe, Leopold Friedman, 
Louis Frisch, Herman Gelber, W. J. 
German, Harry Goldberg, Robert 
Goldblatt, Bernard Goodman, Irving 
H. Greenfield, Philip Hodes, Walter 
Hauser, Arthur Israel, Jr., Saul Jaf- 
fee, Harry M. Kalmine, Red Kann, 
Moe Kerman, Sherman S. Krell- 
berg, Marvin Kirsch, and 

David A. Levy, Charles E. Lewis, 
Harry Mandel, William C. Michel, 
Harold J. Mirisch, Charles Miller, 
Saul Mills, J. J. O'Connor, Harry A. 
Post, Henry Randel, Charles M. Rea- 
gan, Bernard Relin, Saul E. Rogers, 
Harry Romm, V. Roudin, Lew Sarn- 
off, Herman Schleier, Abe Schneider, 
Max Schosberg, Alfred W. Schwal- 
berg, Sol A. Schwartz, W. H. Scully, 
Max Seligman, Al Senft, Sam Shain, 
Samuel Strausberg, Morton Sun- 
shine, Rudolph Sanders, Al Steen, 

"I'll Build It Myself" 

RKO 15 Mins. 

Good Slapstick 

This Edgar Kennedy footage con- 
cerns Edgar and the rest of his 
eager tribe building an addition to 
their house after Edgar has refused 
to pay a contractor to do it. It is by 
far one of the most slapstick of his 
latest offerings for everyone in it, 
including a helpless housing inspec- 
tor gets dunked, hit, buried in debris, 
knocked down, and generally mauled. 
Quite a few laughs over the antics 
of this group of bird-brains. 


"Brooklyn, I Love You" 

Paramount 10 Mins. 


Revolving around the Brooklyn 
Dodger ball club, this footage at- 
:empts to show the feelings of the 
fans for the boys on their good and 
oad days. Brooklynites may think 
ch-ey've been belittled, but the rest 
of the theater going public should 
get a big bang out of this Para. 
pacemaker, which has a timely ap- 
peal as well as plenty of laughs. 

"Deep Sea Fishing" 
Columbia 9 Mins. 


Sailing through Florida waters in 
search of the big ones is the sub- 
si-ance of this footage, narrated by 
Bill Stern. Sailfish, dolphin and 
kingfish are reeled in under the ex- 
pert eye of Commander Vernon Juan- 

"Son Of The Guardsman" 

(Outlaws of Sherwood Forest) 

Columbia 28 mins. 

Great For Youngsters 

This is the first chapter of a 15- 
part serial. Sid Edgar Bullard and 
Lord Markham, two feudal barons, 
are waging war on each ocher. Bul- 
lard, W'ho we come to know as the 
viilian, kills the family of Roger 
Mowbry who then joins Allan Hawk 
and his band of free men who try 
to outwit the evildoers. Bullard cap- 
tures Markham's daughter, and his 
nephew, David Trent, not knowing 
ner identity helps her to escape. 
While fleeing two men row them 
across a lake. The men turn out to 
be robbers and the boat is over- 
turned in their ett'orts to attack 
Trent. They all sing beneath the 
water, and we have a quick fade-out 
until the next chapter. In the final 
episode, Trent and Miss Markham 
take to the altar and Roger turns 
out to be Prince Richard, heir to the 

K your customers go for serials, 
they wall probably enjoy this Robin 
Hood sort of tale. Youngsters 
should eat it up. 

Para. Brancli Heads 
Sn Procedure Taiks 

Conferences on the new sales p 
cedures for Paramount are currer. 
being held with branch managers 
the home office, it was announ^ 

Hugh Owen, Paramount's ^Agtt 
and Southern division sales n(H^ 
and Earle W. Sweigert, mrai_. 
em division sales manager, are me 
ing respectively with branch m^ 
agers: E. W. Ruff, Boston; D. Ki 
raelman, Pittsburgh; and R. 
Copeland, Kansas City, who is hi 
dling %vith George A. Smith, Weste 
division sales manager. 

Maurice Schweitzer will arri; 
here today from St. Louis for ec 
ferences with Smith; and M. 
Brown, of Buffalo, is also due at 
same time for talks with Owen. 

M. R. (Duke) Clark, Dallas 
trict manager, and Fred Lari. 
oranch manager of that city, arri" 
here yesterday for conferences v;: 
James J. Donohue, Central divi;; 
sales manager, and Ulrik F. Smi: 
Philadelphia branch manager, v. 
meet with Sweigert tomorrow. 

atta. Of special interest to fisher- 
men, with general appeal for all. 

150 Easterners to Coast 
For SMPE's Convention 


ic Honorably Discharged if 

(Continued from Page 1) 
than 150 members from the East had 
signified their intention of attending, 
Hyndman stated. 

SMPE officers enroute today to the 
Coast sessions include Hyndinan; 
John A. Maurer, engineering vice- 
president; Earl I. Sponable, trea- 
surer; M. R. Boyer, financial vice- 
president; William C. Kunzmann, con- 
vention vice-president; A. C. Downes, 
editorial vice-president, and the fol- 
lowing members of the board of gov- 
ernors: Paul J. Larsen, John I. 
Crabtree, Frank E. Carlson, Clyde R. 
Keith and Abe Shapiro. 

Harry Smith, Jr., executive sec- 
retary of the Society; Boyce Nemec, 
engineering secretary, and Harold 
Desfor, convention publicity chair- 
man, also are Coast-bound. 

JOSEPH V. MORIN, former Warners' salesman, 
Detroit, from Army. 

)0HN YELLICH, from Army, to operator, Stan- 
ley Theater, Detroit.. 

Harry Thomas, David Weinstock, 
Edwin L. Weisl, Milton C. Weisman, 
Robert M. Weitman, Leslie Winik, 
Edmund Waterman. 

On the dais were: Jack Cohn, Max 
A. Cohen, Leonard H. Goldenson, 
Will Hays, Malcolm Kingsberg, 
Louis A. Novins, Samuel Rinzler, 
Spyros Skouras. 

Emily Post Shorts 

Chris ty-Hurrell Prods., Inc., is 
starting production on a series of 
shorts in collaboration with the Em- 
ily Post Foundation, Inc. 

Jack Barnstyn Forms 
Cinema Export Corp. 

Cinema Export Corp. has been 
formed by Jack Barnstyn to handle 
U. S. and Latin-American distribu- 
tion of French films and to engage in 
export of American product through- 
out Europe. 

The company has about 50 French 
films some of which will be sold to 
exhibition outlets locallj-. Twenty- 
four were made during the German 
occupation of France and obtained 
from the French Custodian of En- 
emy Property. The remainder w^ere 
completed since the liberation. 

For American release the firm has 
"Macadam" and 'Agonie des Aigles," 
which were recently completed. It 
is handling Canadian sales on "Sym- 
phonie Fantastique," based on the 
life of Hector Berlioz. 

The company will also sell re-make 
rights of various French films. It 
also has a collection of shorts among 
them "Rodin" and "Les Chars des 
Dieux." The latter has been held 
up by the customs. Barnstyn stated 
he has appealed to Washington to 
release the film which deals with na- 
tive African tribal customs and 

To Publish Findings of 
Small Business Com'tee 

(Continued from Page 1 ) , 

yesterday. The group, chaired 1 1 
Rep. Estes Kef auver of Tennesse i 
has received replies from both tl J 
Federal Trade Commission and tl i 
Department of Justice to lengtl i 
questionnaires sent both agencies r ' 
garding the current status of indu 
trial monopoly and their combati^ > 

The current pix situation r 
thoroughly laid out in the Depart 
ment of Justice reply, although it '■'- 
unlikely that there will be any con' 
ments in the reports which have ni 
already been made elsewhere by tl 1 
Department on the pix situatio/i 
Kefauver said it is his feeling thLj. 
this is one of the most interesting ( ., 
the various industry cases spelle^ 
out in the replies filed with the coni 
mittee. | 

Kefauver said likewise that Ix 
hopes to schedule the hearings — o:j 
iginally to have gotten under wa't. 
yesterday — for early in the new sei 
sion of Congress. This means ths 
whether the hearings are schedule; 
depends largely upon the makeup c ' 
the new Congress. 

Theater Bobber Slain J 

Chicago — Pete Sarelli, motion pir 
I ture operator of the Haii'ison Stat| 
i Theater, killed an unidentified X( 
I gro, who tried to rob the box officij 
j Sarelli said the same man robbe, 
I the house of $25 some weeks ago. 

Providence Uptown Burns 

Providence, R. I.— Fire, believed 
to be of incendiary origin, caused 
extensive damage to the Uptown 
Theater. Matthew lannotti owns the 


ALEX KALAFAT, Ciiurubusco, ind. ex 
hibitor is confined to his iiome by illness. 

IVednesday, October 16, 1946 



branch Heads Depose 
n Seattle Suit 

I Seattle — Depositions of seven Se- 
Lttle branch managers of the major 
ilm distributing' corporations with 
exchanges in Seattle have been in- 
jroduced and read to the jury hear- 
ing /he $5J0,000 damage action of 
ijhe' satre Investment Co. and the 
ye iTTTTa n Theater against 13 dis- 
-iributors and exhibitoi's charging 
jonspiracy to monopolize distribu- 
:jion of pictures. 

I Through these obviously hostile 
vitnesses the plaintiff's are attempt- 
ing to show discrimination in clear- 
iinces and bookings against the Bag- 
tad and Venetian Theaters as com- 
pared with the Egyptian and Nep- 
iune Theaters controlled by certain 
>f the defendants. 
I Complete Depositions Today 
[| Depositions of Herbert Kaufman, 
i, Paramount; Neal Wapton, Colum- 
bia; Vete Stewart, Warners; Arthur 
.;D'Connell, Universal; Frank Drew, 
.;Oth Century-Fox, and A. J. Sulli- 
iran. United Artists, have been com- 
7,ileted and today that of Ed Lamb, 
^KO, will complete the list. 

This afternoon Frank L. Newman, 
oresident of Evergreen State The- 
iters, the first witness to give direct 
lestimony, will take the stand. 

It is the contention of the defense 
hat by virtue of physical character- 
sties and location, the Bagdad and 
l/enetian Theaters, as compared with 
[;he Egyptian and Neptune Theaters, ! 
I'lre not entitled to exhibit pictiu-es \ 

ilmder the same run. ! 

! Attorneys in the Case 

! Attorneys representing the dis- 
, ributors and exhibitors include ' 
riarence E. Innis, Frank P. Helsell, j 
Arthur E. Simon, Seattle- Eichard 1 
klorgan. Paramount, New York, and 
ilarl Beatty, Loew's, Inc., New York. | 
The court is in session only four 
iays a week and yesterday was in 
idjournment due to a sinus infection 
'suffered by one of the jurors. The 
J, rial will resume this afternoon at 
.wo o'clock and in case the juror is ' 
still ailing, his alternate will be used. 
The case is expected to run for ; 
,hree more weeks. 

^ REVIEUI Of THE hEUi f ILfllS ik 


jSovacs Forms H'wood 
ocreen Test Corp. 

Hollywood Screen Test Corp., with 
^m office in Hollywood and one here 
it 100 W. 42nd St., has been formed 
;y producer Edward Kovacs and his 
irother, Gary, to 'specialize in 16 mm. 
icreentests as well as three-minute 
ind six-minute musical shorts for 
uke boxes. 

Mochrie Will Preside at 
RKO Western Sales Meet 

Eobert Mochrie, EKO Eadio vice- 
president in charge of domestic dis- 
':ribution, will preside at a Western 
district sales meeting in San Fran- 
:isco, Oct. 23-24; and William Zim- 
merman, home office sales executive, 
Will act as chairman. 

with Jeanne Grain, Glenn Langan, Lynn Ban 
20th-Fox 94 Mins. ! 





There's more to "Margie " than immedi- 
ately meets the eye. If the present seascn 
produces more films in the nostalgic line 
— and this has been the season in which 
musical nostalgia has come into its own — 
they will really have to be the cat's pa- 
jamas to beat "Margie." For she's the j 
cat's whiskers, as we used to say, and that's 
jut about unbeatable. 

This film is not a musical in accepted i 
terminology. It is light, comical, refreshing. I 
In the sense of recalling the past when the 
flapper held sway, when the Charleston | 
was the thing, necking prevailed, girls 
rouged their kneecaps and raccoon coats 
hid masculinity, the film has historical 
fidelity as it sketches biographically the 
adolescence of the girl of the title. 

The light touch prevails. Looking at the 
film optically and recalling mentally, it all 
looks very humorous now, but thoroughly 

A new note in comic relief and a rather 
daring business of comedy will sell this 
picture all down the line. Back in the dear, 
dead days when girls wore bloomers, said 
bloomers were held up via elastic. The elastic 
had tendencies to break at the most awk- 
ward, inopportune moments. "Margie's" 
does. And Director Henry King has made 
capital in delineating the hilarious possibili- 
ties of snapping elastics where they con- 
cern her best, beribboned, embroidered pair. 
And not once, but quite a few times. Such 
stuff will rock the house. 

Miss Grain is aptly cast in the title and 
her talents give the role every bit of what 
it requires. One of the finer jobs of writing 
and cinematic invention, the film's sup- 
porting cast of Langan, Miss Bari, Hobart 
Cavanaugh and Esther Dale are given first 
rate parts which they play to top effect. 
The production in toto has much to recom- 
mend it in relation to high fidelity to the 

Briefly "Margie," plotwise, dissects the 
flapper age and evolves as an understanding 
of what made the people tick then. Some- 
day someone will do it about today. 

The thick thread of the story involves 

'Miss Grain's heavy crush on Langan, her 
high school French teacher. Against the 
interruption of proms and other scholastic 
divertissements she gets her man as we see 
in the beginning, and the end, for the whole 

j tale is revealed as she tells her bobby soxer 
daughter all about it. Darryl Zanuck has 
given it the production works. Said works 
have a jeweled movement. 

"Margie" went places in her day and 
she's still going places. 

CAST: Jeanne Grain, Glenn Langan, Lynn 
Bari, Esther Dale, Hobart Cavanaugh, Ann Todd, 

I Hattie McDaniel, Alan Young, Barbara Law- 

j rence, Conrad Janis, Hazel Dawn, Warren Mills, 
Richard Kelton, Don Hayden, Vanessa Brown. 

i CREDITS: Producer, Walter Morosco; Director, 
Henry King; Screenplay by F. Hugh Herbert; 
Based on stories by Ruth McKenney and Rich- 
ard Bransten; Cameraman, Charles Clarke; Music, 

' Alfred Newman; Set Decorations, Thomas Little, 
Frank E. Hughes; Film Editor, Barbara McLean. 

"Bringing Up Father" 

with Joe Yuie, Renie Riano, George Mc- 

Manus, Tim Ryan 


Monogram 68 Mins. 


This initial offering produced by Barney 
Gerard and directed by Eddie Cline, should 
please the Jiggs and Maggie cartoon fans 
and also attract others. It has low, lusty 
comedy, and Joe Yule and Renie Riano are 
excellent choices for the George McManus 

Tim Ryan does well as Dinty Moore, 
while the amiable McManus appears from 
time to time. One of the best laugh-get- 
ters in the cast is Pat Goldin, who never 
utters a word. A bit of inspired comedy is 
his work in a scene in which four barroom 
characters are singing "When The Mush 
Begins To Rush Down Father's Vest," 
which was written by Gerard. 

Although Yule has become a wealthy 
contractcr and lives on Park Avenue, he 
likes to visit his old haunts, especially Ry- 
an's saloon on the East Side. However, he 
is duped into circulating a petition, which 
he induces his old cronies to sign. The pe- 
tition serves to close up Ryan's saloon, and 
Yule loses favor with his old friends. Mat- 
ters are finally righted, and Yule is re- 
stored to his old standing. 

In addition to directing and co-authoring 
the original story with Gerard, Eddie Cline 
also wrote the song, "Corned Beef and 
Cabbage," with Edward J. Kay. 

CAST: )oe Yule, Renie Riano, George Mc- 
Manus, Tim Ryan, June Harrison, Wallace Chad- 
well, Tom Kennedy, Laura Treadwell, William 
Frambes, Pat Coldin, Jack Norton, Ferris Taylor, 
Tom Dugan, Joe Devlin, Fred Kelsey, Charles 
Wilson, Herbert Evans, Dick Ryan, Mike Pat 
Donovan, Bob Carleton, George Hickman. 

CREDITS: Producer, Barney Gerard; Director, 
Eddie Cline; Authors, Gerard and Cline; Based 
on comic strip by George McManus; Screenplay, 
lerry Warner; Cameraman, L. W. O'Connell; 
Musical Director, Edward J. Kay; Editor, Ralph 


Rabinovitch Producing Pix 
For Columbia Exclusively 

Gregor Eabinovitch will produce 
continental productions for Colum- 
bia Pictures exclusively, it was an- 
nounced yesterday. Eabinovitch cur- 
rently is in Europe arranging details 
for his forthcoming pictures. Under 
the contract, which is on a straight 
partnership basis, Columbia holds 
world distribution rights, including 
the United States, to all productions. 

Six pictures are planned starring 
such personalities as Danielle Dar- 
rieux, Jan Kiepura and Marta Eg- 
gerth. First will be "Manon Les- 
eaut," starring Danielle Darrieux. 

"Shadows on the 

with Johnny Mack Brown, Raymond Hatton 
Monogram 57 Mins. 


Again we have the agent from the Cat- 
tlemen's Association working his way into 
the good graces of a gang of connivers, 
murderers and rustlers and then in one fell 
swoop rounding them ail up and del.vering 
up to the local representative of law en- 

Here a gal, Jan Bryant, falls heir to 
her father's property when he is killed in 
a stagecoach ambush. She is advised to sell 
her inheritance because the local b-ys 
don't think she is capable of handing 
rustling problems. She can't handle them, 
either, as the footage works out, and soon 
Johnny Mack Brown is on the scene to lend 
a hand. 

The local sheriff plays a stupid caf to 
throw the gangleaders off the trail. Brown 
is a clever "plant" and soon is boss man of 
the crooks. He works things h !s way until 
the ripe moment comes along and with the 
aid of Raymond Hatton, Miss Bryant and t,.e 
aforementioned, stupid-appearing sner.ff, 
he settles the score all around to everyone's 

The required elements of madly dashing 
horses, brawling, gunplay and outdo r scen- 
ery have been included in the telling and 
the connoisseur of the western scene and 
story should be pleased. Lambert Hillyer's 
capable directorial hand is evident. 

CAST: Johnny Mack Brown, Raymond Hatton, 
Jan Bryant, Marshall Reed, John Merton, Steve 
Clark, Terry Frost. Jack Perrin, Cactus Mack. 
Pierce Lyden, Ted Adams. 

CREDITS: Director, Lambert Hillyer; Screen- 
play by Jess Bowers; Cameraman, James S. 
Brown, Sound, L. John Myers; Settings, Vin 
Taylor; Film Editor, Ted Maguire: Music, Ed- 
ward Kay. 


Extras Refusing $5.50 Calls 
Not Entitled to Benefits 

Trailers As Aids to Vets 

In a program instituted to allevi- 
ate employment and the housing 
shortage of all veterans, the Motion 
Picture Chapter of the AVC, of 
which 'Walter T. Brown is chaimian, 
will distribute two trailers through 
National Screen Service to co-operat- 
ing theater owners and theater man- 
agers. The trailers are titled "Jobs 
and Homes for the 'Veterans," and 
will be given free to theaters, with 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — The District Court of 
Appeals in Los Angeles has deter- 
mined that nine major motion pic- 
ture companies were entitled to a 
writ of mandamus ordering the 
California Employment Stabiliza- 
tion Commission to vacate its deci- 
sion granting unemployment insui'- 
ance benefits to 11 extras. Decision 
involved the question of whether the 
extras could refuse to accept $5.50 
calls and still obtain unemploj'ment 
insurance benefits. 

The Court determined these extra = 
had not alone restricted their ac- 
ceptable employment to intermittent 
work in the film industry as extras 
but had placed future restrictions on 
that kind of work to the amount of 
compensation acceptable to them. 

The Court stated that in view of 
the earning record of the individual.^ 
and the restriction which they placed 
upon employment they were unavail- 
able for work within the meaning- 
of unemployment insurance and were 
not entitled to benefits. 

the local A'VC chapter supplying per- 
sonnel necessary for an efficient ad- 
ministration of the community pro- 





Wednesday, October 16, 19| 

xempt Roadshows, 
elznkk Asks Court 

(Continued from Page 1> 
portions of the judgment, Vanguard 
suggests that in exempting road- 
shows it be provided that four con- 
di Lions be required. They are: 

(1) A feature picture to be 
roadshown should have a nega- 
tive cost of at least one and one- 
half times the average negative 
cost of "A" features (excluding 
roadshows) for the previous 

(2) The admission price 
charged while the picture is be- 
ing roadshown should be at 
least one-third more than the 
admission price customarily 
charged by the exhibitor for 
first-run exhibition of other "A" 
feature pictures; 

(3) No producer should be per- 
mitted to roadshow more than 
two motion pictures produced 
directly or indirectly by him 
during any consecutive 12-month 

(4) The picture should not be 
exhibited, while roadshown, with 
any other feature film. 

The brief lists three alternative 
suggestions for exempting road- 
shows. The simplest method, it is 
contended, would' be to follow the 
l>jocedure under the consent decree 
a~id except from the provisions of 
the final judgment all roadshows of 
any features distributed by any de- 
fendant, subject to the four condi- 
tions named above. 

Exempt Minor Defendants 

If the court concludes that this 
first suggestion is inadvisable, a 
second alternative would be to ex- 
empt from the provisions of the 
judgment roadshows distributed by 
the three minor defendants or pro- 
duced by an independent producer 
and distributed by one of the minor 
defendants. Such an exemption, it is 
claimed, would tend to equalize the 
competitive advantage which the 
judgment would otherwise grant to 
the five major defendants since the 
court has already held in effect that 
they can fix the admission prices in 
their own theaters and, if they can 
do that, "they can raise the admis- 
sion prices of their expensive pic- 
tures in their own theaters for road- 
show purposes." 

If the court is unwilling to adopt 


ARCHIE PEARSON, assistant manager, Chicago 

Theater, Chicago. 
WALTER LYONS, temporary manager, Coronet 

Theater, Chicago. 
SOL HORWITZ, B & K booking dept., Chicagc* 
FRANK BACH MAN, staff, Branford Theater, 

Newark, N. J. 
ANTHONY BARELLA, staff, Branford Theaters, 

Newark, N. ). 
DAVID KANE, manager. Pic Theater, Newark, 

N. J. 
MELVIN PIPER, assistant manager. Pic Theater, 

Newark, N. J. 


Downtown to Blumenield 

San Francisco — Blumenfeld The- 
ater Circuit has acquired the Down- 
town Theatre from 0. J. Grover and 
Max de Hes. Irving C. Ackerman, 
long linked with the theater's activ- 
ity, retains his partnership. The 
Downtown, under a long lease from 
the Hibernia Savings and Loan So- 
ciety, seats 2,000. 

Hintze Buys Out Walla 

Detroit — Herman Hintze, a former 
silent pai-tner with Paul Walla in 
the Alvin, has been operating it him- 
self after buying the entire business 
from his partner. John Colorite, 
formerly with various Detroit the- 
aters, is managing. 

H'wood Talent to Co-Op 
In Navy's Morale Films 

(Continued from Page 1) 
pected to be available for general re- 
lease, it was revealed yesterday by 
Chaplain Monroe Drew, USNR, re- 
cently returned from a conference 
with Hollywood writers, producers 
and actors. 

Chaplain Drew said the decision to 
make the series grew out of studies 
which indicated that about 50 per 
cent of American youth receive no 
"ethical" training whatever. 

Although coming under the Navy 
training film program, the pix will 
be shown during Navy personnel's 
film entertainment time. 

Budget, not yet assigned, is ex- 
pected to run into several hundred 
thousand dollars. 

1,000 GI's Will See 
'Night of Stars' Show 

At least one thousand G.I.'s will 
be able to see "Night of Stars" bene- 
fit show, which will go on Nov. 12, 
at Madison Square Garden. Since 
"Stars" is an annual sell-out, Frank 
Weil, chief of Jewish WeKare Board, 
obtained support from sponsors to 
pay for ducats which will be dis- 
tributed to Uncle Sam's boys sta- 
tioned at posts and hospitals around 
New York. No color-creed line in- 
fluences distribution. 

Benefit funds are used to further 
work of Joint Distribution Commit- 
tee and the National Refugee 

Loew's, Metro to Start 
Classes in Languages 

(Continued from Page 1) 
both of Loew's Int'l and M-G-M 

Participation in the lingo course 
is wholly voluntary. Neither attend- 
ance or grades will be permanently 
recorded, but students with two suc- 
cessive unexplained absences, or 
those not seriously applying them- 
selves will be dropped by the instruc- 

A minimum of eight students will 
be necessary to form a class in any 
one language. Classes will be lim- 
ited to a maximum of 10 students. 
So far, preference has been ex- 
pressed for Spanish. Other choices 
haye been Arabic, French and Eng- 

Desire to study English comes 
mostly from employes engaged in 
pix synchronization for M-G-M's 
int'l Films, as well as from einployes 
of Loew's Int'l's Spanish publicity 

Lessons will be given after office 
hours, at company expense, except 
for the purchase of required text- 
books. Courses will start in about 
two weeks, two sessions a week. 

Dave Blum was surprised at the 
unusual number of applicants. 

Benny's Father Dead 

Waukegan, 111. — Funeral services 
for Mayer Kubelsky, 77, father of 
Jack Benny, will be held here todaj'. 
Kubelsky died at the Chicago resi- 
dence of a daughter, Mrs. Florence 
Fenchell. Benny is here for the 

either of the first two alternatives 
suggested — and it is urged upon the 
court the need for adopting one of 
them "in the public interest and in 
order to avoid economic disad- 
vantage to independent producers 
and the three minor defendants" — 
then Vanguard suggests a third 

Offers Third Alternative 

It is proposed that the court 
"should except from the judgment 
the roadshowing of any costly pic- 
ture, the substantial expense of 
which was incurred by any producer 
prior to June 11, 1946, the date of 
this court's opinion." Such an ex- 
emption, it is claimed, would avoid 
undue hardships on such producers. 
Vanguard, prior to June 11, had spent 
vast sums of money on "Duel in the 
Sun" with roadshows contemplated 

and other producers may be in a 
like position, the brief declares. 

The brief points out that -Selznick 
had spent more than $5,500,000 on 
"Duel in the Sun" and most of this 
expense was incurred prior to June 
11. It further contends that imless 
motion pictures worthy of being 
roadshown are permitted to be road- 
shown, there is the grave . danger 
that producers will be deterred from 
making pictures that contribute to 
the advancement of the motion pic- 
ture art. A prohibition against the 
fixing of admission prices, it is 
claimed, if applied to the exceptional 
type of picture would in effect 
throttle inventive genius. It also 
would create a restricted interna- 
tional market for American pictures 
because of the advancement of pro- 
duction in other countries, the brief 


Book 1946. Compiled by Peter Not 
with foreword by Sir Alexand 
Korda and introduction by J. Arth 
Rank. With 80 illustrations. Publish 
by British Year Book, Lond^as2 
pages. Price 21 shillings. ^K 

Sir Alexander Korda in hi^Tor 
word to this volume says Brita 
has as yet no film industry — that 
few good films that have been pr 
duced in the past 15 years do n 
make a film industry. Korda hir; 
self, and J. Arthur Rank have mac 
a good start this year to build up 
film industry for that country. Ran'. 
in his introduction, asserts that whi 
Hollywood has something "technici 
we could learn, we undoubted! 
possess resources for building up 
British industry which could produc 
films while retaining the spirit ai. 
eharacter of our country, would y^ 
lemain international in appeal 
Plans are already in process of real 
zation for such a program, he state 

The body of the book contains 
brief historical survey of the Britis 
film industry, including its collaps 
during the late war, with a chapte 
on the post-war period, the quota ac 
"quota quickies," the infiuence o 
Korda on production, the boom an 
the slump. 

A chapter is devoted to the Britis 
documentary film and its future 
John Grierson and the marketin; 
board; the color film and films o 
Scotland. A special chapter deal 
with British films during the waif 
with an entire chapter devoted ti 
"The Rise of J. Arthur Rank." 

The value of the book is enhancec 
by a bibliography, giving a list o: 
books and publications with ref 
erences or sections devoted to mo 
tion pictures in England; a biograph 
ical index with brief biographies o: 
British actors, writers, producers 
directors and technicians. Listed art 
British pictures produced during tht) 
war, another of producers and stu 

The 80 illustrations are mainlj. 
stills from British films and por-^ 
traits of stars, with a sprinkling od, 
producers and directors. The bool<^ 
is a handy reference volume of tht^ 
state of the industry in England. 

— L.H.M. i 


MRS. THOMAS FARLEY, house staff. Pic The- j 

ater, Newark, N. J. 
ANN CLAUSI, house staff. Pic Theater, New 

ark, N. J. 
BONNIE LYNCH, head contract clerk^ Para-J 

mount, Minneapolis. 
PATRECE SNYDER, publicity dett., Eagle-Lionj 

MRS. LAWRENCE BERNARD, cashier. Palace* 

Theater, San Antonio, Tex. 
FRIEDA COLD, typist, PRC exchange, Indianapo- 
BETTY ARENDS, secretary, M-G-M exchange. 

Des Moines. 
TERRY IROEAN. booking clerk, Warners, Des 


Vednesday, October 16, 1946 



NIPEA Breaks With 
Chief Jap Circuits 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Ihochiku to provide a sufficient num- 
ber of release outlets for newly- 
jontracted U. S. product. The cir- 
juits took the stand that additional 
m^' for U. S. product would have 
le e. - A the expense of the native 
industry. The combined studio out- 
lut of the two companies average 
■bout four pictures a month. It is 
(xpected they will keep their houses 
unning with re-issues. The loom- 
ing famine of raw stock, critical 
jow, is expected to keep local pro- 
'luction at a minimum. 

Will Help Japanese Indies 
The break with MPEA is expected 
D have a salutary effect on inde- 
*,endent Japanese circuits and ex- 
hibitors who now have the oppor- 
■anity to show the MPEA lineup, 
.'harles Mayer, MPEA managing di- 
Ector in Japan, has already eom- 
leted release deals with a number 
f "lesser circuits throughout the 
'ountry. The^e include Shubaro, To- 
,oko, and Yoshimoto and Nikkatsu. 
?,'he last named has 45 houses and is 
^jurrently showing MPEA films in 
.1 of them. A new realignment will 
Don place MPEA films in all. _ Al- 
ready many requests for exhibition 
••anchises are coming in from indie 

, The American Military Control in 
jiapan has evinced little or no con- 
irol on Japanese production, distri- 
,'iution and exhibition. Producers are 
andicapped only by shortages. Ad- 
i;iissions are controlled by the Home 
linistry. Theaters operate today ex- 
i.ctly as in 1941. This control is in 
[jharp contrast to the attitude of 
,;i.MG in U. S. occupied zones of Ger- 
,[iany and Austria where U. S. prod- 
jfCt has wide and favored distribu- 
((ion as part of the re-education pro- 


; Yesterday's issue mistakenly re- 
lorted that British film critic E. 
f.rnot Robertson was also suing 
<;'ave Blum, Loew's International ad- 
f'ertising, publicity and exploitation 
j'lanager, as well as M-G-M. Blum 
'. in no way involved. His state- 
lent yesterday concerned the un- 
lir attitude of most London critics 
r)ward American films. 








New Cape Girardeau House 

Cape Girardeau, Mo. — The 750- 
seat $100,000 Esquire will be opened 
about Oct. 15 by the Esquire The- 
ater, Inc., headed by the Wilmore & 
Roth interests of Memphis, Tenn. 
The building is being erected by the 
Cape Amusement Co., Inc., and 
leased to Enquire Theater, Inc. Fur- 
nishing and equipment are being fur- 
nished :by the National Theatre Sup- 
ply through its St. Louis office. 

Campbell Opens Charleston 

Charleston, Mo. — Selmer Campbell 
has opened his new 350-seat theater, 
the Charleston, which will cater to 
the Negro trade. 

Collins Theater for DeSoto 

DeSoto, Mo.— William A. Collins, 
head of the Collins Circuit, hopes to 
open his 619-seat Collins in about 
another month. He has given the Na- 
tional Theatre Supply Co. of St. 
Louis a contract for the complete in- 
terior equipment. Collins also has 
the DeSoto, a 638-seater. 

Fort Worth TCU Opens 

Fort Worth, Tex.— Clifford Porter 
Circuit has opened its new TCU The- 
ater, adjacent to the campus of the 
Texas Christian University. W. V. 
Adwell and A. J. Wylie originally 
started construction on the house 
when Porter purchased the theater. 

Frisina for Taylorville 

Taylorville, 111.— The new 550-seat 
Frisina here will be ready for open- 
ing about Oct. 15. The complete 
equipment including projection and 
sound devices, seats, carpeting, 
drapes, etc., has been furnished by 
the National Theatre Supply of St. 
Louis, Mo. The Frisina circuit also 
has the Capitol and Ritz Theaters 

Conyer House Nearly Ready 

Salem, Ky. — The new 450-seat 
Conyer will open early in Novem- 
ber, according to the owner, L. Con- 

Meier Completing the Cinema 

Gerald, Mo.— The Cinema, a 300- 
seater, is being completed here by 
Adolph P. Meier. 

New Clayton Bows In 

Clayton, Ala.— The New Clayton, 
a 650-seater, fireproof, air-condi- 
tioned house, has been opened here 
by the Fred T. McLendon chain. 

Camden House Bows Oct. 15 

Camden, N. J. — Abe Rovner's Roxy 
will open here Oct. 15. The house 
is situated on the site of the old 
Garden. Leonard Hetelson is man- 
aging director and Dave Supowitz is 
the architect. 

NCA Regional Firm 
Against Checicers 

Duluth, Minn. — Twenty exhibitors, 
including three board members, at- 
tended the regional meeting of North 
Central Allied at Hotel Duluth Mon- 
day. At the meeting were Clarence 
Kaake of this city, Roy McMinn of 
Superior, Wis., and Sim Heller of 
Grand Rapids, Minn., as well as NCA 
President Ben Berger and Executive 
Secretary Don Swartz. 

The problem of local checkers, al- 
locations of certain pictures and the 
recent Statutory Court decision were 
discussed at the meet. The group 
took a firm stand against checking 
and will be backed up by the entire 
NCA organization in its fight. The 
meeting also went on record that cer- 
tain distributors are putting too 
many pix in the percentage bracket, 
many which they claim should be 
sold flat. 

In another action, NCA changed 
the date of the mid-year convention 
at Minneapolis from Nov. 13 to 
Nov. 18. 

Still Another SOPEG Meet 

Still another meeting will be held 
tomorrow or Friday between repre- 
sentatives of the Screen Office and 
Professional Employes Guild and 
the four major film companies in- 
volved in the exchange dispute over 
rejection of terms of the recently- 
signed contract as it applies to ex- 
change personnel. 

Supreme Court Refuses 
To Hear Lorenfz Appeal 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The Supreme Court 
has refused to accept jui'isdic- 
•"ion over two suits aorainst major 
Hollywood' studios which had previ- 
ouslv been turned down in lower 
"ourts. In both cases the court held 
^hat there was no important ques- 
Hon of law on which it might over- 
rule the lower courts. 

The apneals were from Pare Lor- 
-^-ntz against RKO and from Mrs. 
Marie Dickhaus asrain^t 20th-Fox. 

Lorentz, now film chief for the 
A.rmv's re-orien+ation program for 
"onquered nation's, had hroup-ht 
charges against RKO for alleeedlv 
reneginsr oi^ a co-ntract for him to do 
two pix at $50,000 each. The con- 
trai^t wa'5 cnncellpd after the first. 

Mrs. Dickhaus has sued 20th-Fox 
alles'ins' plagiarism in co-nnec^-ion 
with the film "Alexander's Ragtime 

SMPE to Hear Cillie 

F. S. Cill'e. associate di'i'ector for 
Fn^vnlopedia Brittanica Films. Inc., 
will discuss the u-nique charactpri=;- 
tics developed by the classmnrn film 
in the 20 vopT-s since the advenf of 
sound at SMP"P"s first of the 194R-47 
series of monthly meeting's, toriiq'lit 
in tho Hotel Pennsvlvania. Frank 
F. Cahill. Jr., director of sound for 
Warner theaters, and chairman of 
the Atlantic Coast Section of the 
society, will preside. 

/I. M. P. A. Open Meeting 

TOWN HALL CLUB (Upstairs) 

123 West 43rd Street (West of 6th Ave.) 
Thursday, October 17, 12:30 Noon 

Principal Speaker 


Producer, March of Time 
"The European Film Market" 

Claire Trevor — Rhondda Kelly ("Miss Australia") 

Rutgers Neilson, Presiding 

Phil Williams, Member, Guest MC 

Luncheon $1.75 


^•\. DAILY ; 

Wednesday, October 16, 19^n 

Day Says Bidding Will 
Add to Distrib. 'Talce' 

Little Headlines: 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Day declax-ed, "will come principally 
from approximately 3,000 Class 'A' 
independent theaters which have 
been unable to get Class 'A' product 
against the competition of volume 
buying by circuit theaters and buy- 
ing combines. 

Restore Free Competition 

••The U. S. District Court found 
that free competition does not exist 
in this area and its decree proposes 
to restore such competition. Through 
volume buying, chain theaters and 
buying combines have been getting 
Class 'A' product at prices much be- 
low what these, 3,000 Clais 'A' inde- 
pendent theaters' would gladly have 

"What progressive exhibitor, who 
in the past saw his opposition play 
a much finer quality of product not 
available to him at any price, would 
not willingly pay more to get more, 
when better pictures mean an in- 
creased gross and increased profits? 
Distribs. Increased Revenue 

■•The increase in distributor rev- 
enues will arise from the now non- 
existent competition in bidding for 
'A' pictures between these 8,000 
Class 'A' independent theaters, the 
theater circuits and buying combines. 
Furthermore, the increased prices 
offered bj' the independent theaters 
for 'A' product will cause the chain 
theaters and buying combines to 
boost their offers. This is where the 
rise in distributor revenues will come 

"This competition will be healthy 
and beneficial to the entire industry," 
Dav asserted. 

FLOYD B. ODIUM'S investment trust, Atlas Corp., is acquiring a financial interest in 
the Jefferson-Travis Corp., headed by Irving M. Felt. Jefferson-Travis owns 100 per 
cent of the capital stock of Musicraft Records, Inc., one of the larger indie phono- 
graph record companies. Jefferson-Travis stockholders on Oct. 21 will vote on changing 
the corporate name to Musicraft Recording Corp. 


IT TAKES TWO CHAIRMEN to handle the double feature testimcnial dinner planned 
for Dave Miller and Lester Zucker in Cleveland on Oct. 28. They are Tony Stern of 
Warner Bros, and Joe Lissauer of the Skirball circuit. 


SIR ALEXANDER KORDA will sponsor the American presentation of "Les Enfants du 
Paradis" (Children of Paradise) sometime this year, his New York office announced 
yesterday. This is the first French picture to be made since the liberation cf France. Jean- 
Louis Barrault is the star; Marcel Came, director; Jacques Prevert, scripter. Pic will be 
released by Tricolore Films. 


RICHARD DE ROCHEMONT, producer of The March of Time, will discuss The 
European Market Today," as guest speaker at the Ampa luncheon tomorrow in the Town 
Hall Club, 123 W. 43rd St. Phil Williams, advertising-publicity director of MOT, and 
vice-president of Ampa, will act as guest chairman. "Miss Australia," currently visiting 
the United States will be a dais guest. 


NOMINATION OF OFFICERS for the Motion Picture Chapter, AVC, for the cming 
year will be held tonight on the fifth floor of the Film Center Building, 630 Ninth 
Ave., at 7:30 p.m., it was announced by chairman Walter T. Brown. Elections are sched- 
uled for Nov. 13. 


LOEWS ORPHEUM, St. Lcuis, this week raised its scale of prices for adults from 
50 cents to 75 cents, conforming to the scales of local first-runs. 


WILLARD VAN DYKE, who directed the documentaries, The City" and "Valley 
Town," was the guest speaker at the Professional Film Fcrum last night in the Salle de 
Musique of the Barbizon-Plaza. He spoke on the function of the director. Technicians who 
worked on the two films joined in the discussion. 

See Pictures As 
Nazi Re-educators 



Minneapolis — Marion Cooper, bil- 
ler at Universal, was married to 
Eldred Abrahamson. 


Muriel Cappell, Harry Newman's 
secretary at UA's N. Y. exchange, 
will be mai-ried to Philip M. Roth, 
Oct. 20. 


St. Louis — Jessie Rugaard, private 
secretary to Lou Ansell of the Ansell 
Brothers Circuit, will become the 
bride of Charles Grunow, auditor of 
the University of Wisconsin, here 
on Dec. 3. 


Angela Catherine Greene, Warner 
Bros, starlet, became engaged to 
.Stuart WaiTen Martin, and will be 
:narried here in , December, after 
vhich the couple will reside in Bev- 
c-rlv Hills, Calif. 

AFL Oicays SAG Move Independent Artists 

For Settling Stril(es 

(Continued from Page 1) 
delegation to the convention, received 
an ovation in the afternoon when he 
told the delegates that the "princi- 
ple of arbitration" of jurisdictional 
disputes "is an American principle" 
and must be canied out by AFL be- 
cause "we do not want Government 
referees nor Government regulation 
of our own family quarrels." 

Arnold, who has been working for 
days behind the scenes in confer- 
ences with leaders of opposing fac- 
tions in the film strike, talked to 
the convention at the request of 
President William Green and other 
officials and delegates. 

Arnold cited the record of the 
Screen Actors Guild as a hard-work- 
ing AFL union which has won the 
respect of labor and management, 
and he took excentions to the small 
minority of Communists in Holly- 
wood unions with the remark that 
"those comrades can take a jurisdic- 
tional quarrel between two AFL 
unions and develop it into a major 

Arnold told the convention that 
screen actors have the power of the 
limelight to reach the American pub- 
lic at all times, and that the actors 
stand ready to use this power to 
advance the cause of organized 

Local 683 Officials Relieved 
Of Posts by Walsh for 48 Hours 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Richard F. Walsh, 
lATSE president, has declared a 
"state of emergency" in Film Tech- 
nicians Local 683, and has set a hear- 
ing for tomorrow in HollyAvood before 

to for RKO Release 

(Continued from Page 1) 

RKO will supply studio space and 
other necessary facilities for the 
production of lA pix; two pictures a 
year will be supplied by lA; a total 
of 10 pix are to be ready within a 
five-year period, after the first pic- 
ture has been produced; and four pix 
are to be started before* 1949. 

No definite date has been set for 
the first lA production, which will 
be a vehicle starring Rosalind Rus- 
sell. Seventeen million dollars have 
been earmarked for the production 
of the 10 films. 

Brisson and his staff will move 
over to the RKO lot on Oct. 25 to get 
started on two features skedded for 
early production. 

Crawford Theater Operating 

CraAvford, Tex.— L. A. Allen, W. 
H. Anderson and S. H. England have 
opened the Craw^ford, a 500-seater. 
Allen will be manager. 

an lA hearing ofiicer as yet to be 

Officers of the Local are automati- 
cally relieved of their posts and the 
Local prohibited from officially doing 
business for the next 48 hours. 
Walsh informed Roy M. Brewer, in- 
ternational rep. of lA, that the of- 
ficers would be individually charged 
with conspiracy to ignore lA orders. 

The M-G-M lab. resumed opera- 
tions yesterday while still work was 
resumed at Paramount, 20th-Fox, 
M-G-M and RKO but with reduced 
personnel. Pickets who lined up at 
the Technicolor lab. carried banners 
reading: "We want contracts." 

(Continued from Page 1) 

tary body which would serve a- 
clearing house for information t 
as a "recruiting agency" for tea 
ing and other personnel to sej^e 
Germany. ^^L 

The mission, headed by B^fvVj 
liam Zook, president of the Amei 
can Council on Education, made i 
recommendations in a report su 
mitted to Assistant Secretary f 
State William Benton, Secretary 
War Robert P. Patterson, and Lj 
Gen. Lucius D. Clay, deputy milita] 
governor. Office of Military Goveri 
ment for the United States zong : 

Show German Pix Here 

Noting the dearth of informatic 
in this country on the German edi 
cational situation, the mission al- 
recommended that German docume: 
tary films should be made availab 
to the American public. 

War and its aftermath destroy^ 
moi'e than 50 per cent of the filn 
and picture equipment in German 
the mission reported. 

"In view of the present abnorni, 
shortages of instructional material 
types of visual aids, including film 
assume more than their usual in- 
portance," the report stated. 

"The Government of the Unitef 
States should continue its preseif 
program of educational aid to Gei' 
many carried on by the War Depar | 
ment. The budget for this prograiV 
should remain at least at its preser r 
size, for U. S. publications and doci*. 
mentary films, the dispatch of Unite;- 
States experts to Germany, and th! 
information centers. | 

Increase German Documentaries J 

"The documentary films alreadjl 
being produced in Germany on ^ 
large scale should be continuecj 
These films will portray democratij] 
relationship in classrooms, yout, 
groups and community activitiei 
Others should also be made depicting]' 
significant educational experimeni 
under the difficulties of post-war r 
construction. Still other films shou'4' 
be adapted to the interests of chi 
dren and youth and adult groups." 

"The Germans," the report con 
mented, "are stai-ved for informatic 
as to what has been going on : 
other parts of the world during the (|l 
intellectual imprisonment. They ail 
eager to learn." 

Bob Gross on His Own 

Robert Gross of Sid Rechetnik 
press book department at Warnei 
has resigned to enter business 
his own in the export-import field 


Chicago — Sam Lesner, film critji 
on the Daily News, is the father of 
daughter bom at the Presbyteria 
Hospital. Child was named Jud 

M. F. production Dist. 
28 V/. 44th St. 21st floor 
^ew York N. Y. 

:\ V 

atimcte in Character 
aternational in Scope 
idependent in Thought 

The Daily Newspaper 
Of Motion Pictures 
Twenty-Eight Years Old 


OL. 90, NO. 77 




HE A Makes 3 Proposals on Auction Bidding 

gainst Auction Sales, 
Dr Cross-License Ban; 
rong for Divorcement 


kshington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — Agreeing sub- 
'antially with the Department 
; Justice position, the Confer- 
ee of Independent Exhibitors As- 
•iations yesterday sent the New 
■ rk Statutoi'y Court a brief as 
[icus curiae in the pending equity 
,t against the major distributors. 
e brief, prepared by Abram F. 
/ers, general counsel for national 
[•'led, is submitted for national Al- 
^i and affiliated groups which make 
; CIEA. 

- Although declaring itself 
(Continued on Page 3) 

urtha to Hear lA's 
[lion vs. Local 683 

'hicago — ■ Tom Murtha has been 
ned by Richard F. Walsh, lATSE 
rXj, to conduct the hearing of the 
:ers of the Hollywood technicians' 
on for their refusal to cross Con- 
jence of Studio Unions' picket 
j!s in the studio strike to work in 
(Continued on Page 3) 

luford to Para. Studio 
Ir Advertising Talks 

nitiation of advertising plans for 
a. pix now in production or re- 
tly completed awaits the week- 
arrival on the Coast of Stanley 
^ord, the company's advertising 
(Continued on Page 3) 

%ree-foIcI Jump in 
Automatic Sales 

Chicago — A three-fold jump in 

he next 10 years in sales through 

lending machines was predicted here 

ly Robert Greene, prexy of the Na- 

1 n a I Automatic Merchandising 

I Assn. at a conventicn banquet. Busi- 
'ess done today by vending machines 
|s $500,000,000 annually, he said, a 
'-laterial part of the intake coming 
rom the nation's theaters. 


Maurice Bergman Tells Virginia Circuit Parley that 
Amusement Pages Generally hook the Same 

Richmond, Va. — Maurice A. Berg- 
man, Universal-International's East- 
ern ad-publicity chief, speaking on 
"Selling the 

Show" at a meet- . — ^-. — —. = 

ing of Neighbor- 
hood Theaters 
managers at the 
John Marshall Ho- 
tel here yesterday, 
called for a re- 
habilitation in the 
point of view on 
theater advertis- 

"The creative 
advertiser knows 
the value of an 
interesting for- 
mat," declared 
Bergman, "but 
unfortunately the 

amusement pages generally look the 
same all the time. 

"The first requisite of advertising 


is to be as entertaining as the com- 
modity you are advertising, but un- 
fortunately we have failed in this 

Rebel Against Stereotype 

"You gentlemen in the theater," 
Bergman continued, "should rebel 
against the stereotype. To sell the 
show, you must have imagination. 
You must repudiate the cliche in 

The U-I ad-publicity expert told 
the circuit managers, meeting to 
plan for NT's 20 th anniversary cele- 
bration next month, that there was 
no time like the present for the re- 
habilitation that he proposed. "Busi- 
ness is good," he pointed out, "and 
we can afford to be experimental and 
do different things." 

Bergman stressed that, having 

gained new audiences, the question 

arises whether or not the theaters 

can hold these new patrons when 

(Continued on Page 8) 

Doi J Standing Pat on 
Proposed Judgment 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The Department of 
Justice will stand pat on its pro- 
posed judgment of 10 days ago, an 
authorized spokesman told The Film 
Daily yesterday. No new version 
(Continued on Page 8) 

Distribs. to Seeic 
1946 (liinese Coin 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Industry representa- 
tives in China are preparing now to 
begin discussions with the Bank of 
China looking toward an agreement 
for remittance of 1946 earnings of 
(Continued on Page 8) 

Indie Offers Decree Soluiion 

Would Combine Bids and Cross-Licensing Ban 

Calls for Better Balanced 
Policy for Mass Media 

Floyd Brooker of the U. S. Office 
of Education, called for a better bal- 
anced policy by the Department of 
State, in regard to mass media, with 
recommendations that the present 
(Continued on Page 3) 

The combination of an auction 
bidding system and a ban on cross- 
licensing among the five major de- 
fendants in the New York equity 
case, as now proposed by the Gov- 
ernment, would enable an indepen- 
dent exhibitor to have a "fighting 
competitive chance" in most com- 
petitive areas. On that premise, the 
(Continued on Page 8) 

Igoe Decision in Jackson 
Park Case Kills Clearance 
System; Appeal is Planned 

Chicago — This city's long- 
existant film clearance system 
was dealt a legal knockout blow 
here yesterday when Federal Judge 
Michael Igoe signed an injunction of 
sweeping effect in the so-called Jack- 
son Park Theater anti-trust case. 

Appeals from the trial court's de- 
cision by both distributors and af- 
filiated circuits affected will be filed, 
it was learned authoritatively. 

By the terms of Judge Igoe's or- 
der, the five major distributor de- 
(Continued on Page 8) 

Auction No Remedy, 
Interveners Claim 

Declaring that the auction selling- 
requirement of the court's decree is 
not an appropriate remedy for in- 
dustry problems, W. C. Allred, et al, 
petitioners for intervention in the 
New York equity case, have filed a 
brief in support of their motion for 
leave to intervene. The Allred group 
(Continued on Page 3) 

100 Coast Showings for 
"My Darling Clementine" 

San Francisco — Following the 
world premiere yesterday at the Fox 
Theater of 20th-Fox's "My Darling 
Clementine," it was announced that 
the pic would have 100 West Coast 
showings within the next 10 days, 
(Continued on Page 2) 

LasUy-MacEwen in 

3-Pix RKO Deal 

West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Jesse L. Lasky-Wal- 
ter MacEwen Prods, has signed a 
new releasing deal with RKO Radio 
for three top-budget pix to be de- 
livered within 18 months. In prepara- 
tion are Vincent Lawrence's "Inter- 
mission,'' John Galsworthy's "The 
Apple Tree" and Dorothy Caruso's 
"Caruso Sings Tonight." 



Thursday, October 17, 19 

Vol. 90, No. 77 Thurs., Oct. 17, 1946 10 Cents 



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Republic Picts 

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Universal Pict 

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261/2 26 26 — 1/4 

218 213 213 — 7 

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Technicolor 17 165/8 163^ -|- Va 

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Pathe Industries 7 8 

Bononova to Mexico City 

H^'est Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Fortunio Bonanova 
will leave Hollywood today for 
Mexico City to star in "Lowland," 
an American picture with Maria 
Felix opposite him. Also on Bona- 
nova's schedule in the Mexican capi- 
tal are "Heman Cortes" and "Eve- 
ning in Mexico." 

cominG flno Goinc 

NED E. DEPINET, RKO executive vice-presi- 
dent, and PHIL REI^MAN, KKO Radio vice- 
president in charge of toreign operation, re- 
turn to New York today via Pan American 
plane today, instead of yesterday as scheduled. 

MIKE SMITHr in charge of Loew's theaters 
in brazil, has arrived in New York for a stay 
of several weeks. 

MR. and MRS. DAVID AOSE have arrived 
in England. 

ABE MONTAGUE, Columbia sales chief, was 
in Chicago yesterday. 

JACK ECKHARDT, chief booker of 20lh- 
Fox's Chicago branch, has gone to the Coast 
10 visit iii^ rarner, Ciyue cc«.nardt, manager 
of the 20th-Fox exchange there. 

William B. levy, wait Disney-s Interna- 
tional saies supervisor, lett New York yester- 
aay for Atlanta, in company with ifeKKf 
luKNbK, KKO Radio exploitation manager. 
Levy will return to New York Saturday. 

LEO SAMUELS, of Walt Disney's New York 
oftice, has lett on a two-week trip to RKO 
Kaaio branch offices in Cleveland, Detroit, Cin- 
cinnati, Inaianapoiis and Chicago. 

JACK SAGE, .manager. Vogue Theater, De- 
troit, has lett for a vacation trip through In- 

RUDY BERCER, Southern M-G-M sales man- 
ager, arrived in Jacksonville late yesterday. 

JOAN FONTAINE will return here today 
from Boston atter viewing Helen Hayes in 
"Happy Birthday," and will leave tor the 
Coast at the week-end with her husband, pro- 
ducer WILLIAM DOZIER, to begin preparations 
lOr her forthcoming role In Samuel Coldwyn's 
"Earth and High Heaven." 

100 Coast Showings for 
"My Darling Clementine" 

(G>ntinued from Page 1) 

all benefiting from the fanfare of the 
San Francisco campaign. 

The San Francisco debut of the 
pic was handled in lavish fashion by 
Charles Schlaifer, ad-pub. head of 
20th-Fox and the exploitation staff 
headed by Eddie Yarbrough and 
Frank Jenkins with Fay Reeder of 
FWC assisting. Stars making per- 
sonal appearances during the open- 
ing day included George Jessel, 
Linda Darnell, Victor Mature, Cathy 
Downs, Nancy Guild, Vivian Blaine, 
Lon McAllister, Peggy Ann Garner 
and Kurt Krueger. 

Pic's premiere hroke all box office 
records of the Fox Theater during 
che 18 years of its existence, it was 
reported by company reps. 

SMPE Hears Cellier Talk 
On Schoolroom Pictures 

A detailed analysis, interspersed 
by screenings, of the problems, tech- 
nique and practices prevailing in the 
field of the educational film was pre- 
sented before the SMPE last night 
by Frank S. Cellier, associate direc- 
tor of Encyclopaedia Britannica 
Films. He read a paper titled "Blue- 
printing the Classroom Film." 

Cellier described the need for per- 
sonnel with proper qualifications 
along producer-teacher and educa- 
tor-technician lines. He compared the 
theatrical film with its schoolroom 
counterpart and the careful planning 
which went into the latter where 
budget was concerned and its rela- 
tion to the rental market. 

E. T. "PECK" COM'ERSALL, assistant to 
William A. Scully, vice-president and general 
saies manager ot Universal-International, lett 
New York yesterday tor Chicago and Minneapolis. 

E. 0. WILSCHKE, Altec's assistant to the 
vice-president, is on a two-week trip thru 
the South during which time he will visit the 
Altec district ottices at Atlanta and Dallas. 

BUCK HAKRIS lett Chicago yesterday for Hol- 

MARY KAY DODSON, Paramount studio 
stylist, is due from the Coast today. 

RAY MILLAND is leaving Hollywood this 
week-end for Europe. 

F. J. A. McCarthy, returned yesterday from 

ARTHUR JEFFREY, Eastern publicity mana- 
ger for International Pictures, has returned 
irom Chicago and Detroit on "The Stranger" 

SID MESIBOV, Paramount assistant exploita- 
tion manager, is in Cincinnati. 

JOHN MILLS will pay his first visit to 
America in November to attend the Broadway 
premiere of "Duet for Two Hands," London 
stage hit authored by his wife, Mary Hayley 

NORMAN MORAY, Warner Bros.' sales man- 
ager for short subjects, atter two weeks of 
conferences in Hollywood, will return to New 
York tomorrow. 

Theaters Complying With 
it. Louis Income Tax Law 

St. Louis — Fred Wehrenberg, 
president of the MPTO of St. Louis, 
Eastern iMissouri and Southern Ill- 
inois, has announced that the owners 
of a majority of theaters in St. Louis 
have indicated that they will pay 
the city their deductions from em- 
ployes under the one-quarter of one 
per cent municipal income and with- 
holding tax law which became effec- 
tive on Oct. 1. 

Exhibs. advocated the tax as a 
substitute for a threatened 5 per 
cent amusement tax. A test case, 
brought by other local interests, is 
now pending in the St. Louis Circuit 

Jury Trial in Bercovici Suit 

Federal Court, upon re-argument 
of a prior decision refusing a jury 
trial to the plagiarism suit instituted 
by Konrad Bercovici against Charles 
Chaplin over "The Great Dictator," 
granted the plaintiff the right of 
trial by jury. Bercovici and his at- 
attorney have retained Louis Nizer 
as trial counsel when the suit is 

Johnson Trip "Indefinite" 

The projected European trip of Eric 
A. Johnston and his MPAA staff 
has been placed on the "indefinite" 
list it was learned yesterday. Pre- 
viously Johnston stated he would 
not go abroad while the present la- 
bor dispute prevails in Hollywood. 


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baths heart of exclusive Beverly Hills, 
Calif. Exchange for furnished 2 or 3 bed- 
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starting Ncvember 1. Phone: TRafalgar 
7-1027 between 9 a.m. and 12 noon. 

Kalmenson, Lapidus 
Hold Toronto Session 

Toronto — Ben Kalmenson, ■ 
president and general sales manaj. 
of Warners, and Jules Lapidus, Ea 
ern and Canadian division sales ma , 
ager, are here for a conference anc, 
Haskell Masters, Canadian diach 
manager, and other Dominion sal 
executives. The two home office el 
ecutives expect to return to Nt 
York tomorrow. 



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in Technicolor ' A Colum'bia Picture 


B WAY & 
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An RKO Picture 





'The Strange Love of 





Irving Berlin's 


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A Paramount Picture 

In Person 

Stan Kenton and His Orchestra 

plus Dean Murphy — The Lane Bros. 

EXTRA!— The King Cole Trio 








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Extra! AL BERNI<E 

lursday, October 17, 1946 


V •>. MILY ! 

rtha to Hear lA's CIEA^s 3 Auction Proposals 

dion VS Local 683 Holds Divorcement Best Cure for Indies' Ills 

(Continued from Page 1) 

'( .(Continued from Page 1) 
^^bs.- Local 683 of Film Tech- 

H5 is an lATSE union. 
ring is set for today. 

pcd Picketing Prevails 
Studios; Work at 3 Labs 

jt Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — There was little 
inge in the studio strike situation 
jterday. Paramount has 79 of its 
•aboratory workers at work, while 
- light amount of work is being 
]e at the Columbia and Warner 
is. studio laboratories. Legal 
'fceting is prevailing at the 10 
for studios involved in the strike. 

dis for Better Balanced 
iicy for Mass Media 

(Continued from Page 1) 
i^t of theatrical and commercial 

I'trests in films, radio and the press 
.augmented with an educational 
!gTam when the U. S. representa- 
|S of the United Nations Educa- 
ial. Scientific and Cultural Or- 
iization meets next month in 

jrooker, in an informal talk at a 
-iheon meeting of the New York 
n Council in the Hotel Sheraton 
' :erday posed this challenge fae- 
\. the UNESCO to work with the 
I'rted Nations in developing inter- 
lilonal co-operation. 
Ijilms are needed to combat the 
i arse teachings of peace and un- 
I standing among a whole genera- 
\ abroad to offset the worst kind 
^ juvenile delinquency, Brooker 

;[f we permit the present recom- 
i idations to serve as the basis of 
jcy for our representatives, our 
I )e will be perforce limited. We 
ft have a free flow of mass media 
fj world round, but, if this is dom- 
Ned iby commercial interests with- 
( the balance of educational repre- 

;ation, shall we not lead with our 

s?" Brooker viewed. 

ijier to Present Poling 
''^illiam Dozier, Universal-Inter- 
fonal production executive associ- 
fl with William Goetz, head of 
1 luction, will introduce James W. 
ling, the company's newly-ap- 
ijited Eastern story editor, to 
:|nbers of the industry oress at a 
l;heon at "21" today. 


Oct. 17. 

Frank Fay 

Sara Haden 

Ella Neal 

Wilma Freeman 

Charles Kemke 

Mischa Auer 

Jerry Sager 

John R. Freuler 

Samuel Goldstein 

Eddie Baker 

Edna Murphv 

Milton H. Feld 

Crane Wilbur 

against competitive bidding, the 
CIEA made three proposals re- 
garding such bidding, if ordered 
by the court: That sealed bids 
be submitted within 10 days 
after the offer and opened on the 
11th day and be held for inspec- 
tion by bidders; that distributors 
be directed to set national re- 
lease dates on all pix and offer 
them in all territories "within a 
definite period thereafter," and 
that "no offer on the next suc- 
ceeding run be made until a li- 
cense has been granted on the 
immediately preceding run." 
At the same time, Myers told the 
court CIEA believes that imposing 
a competitive bidding system upon 
the industry — with indies thereby 
forced to operate under it — is "an 
exercise of the legislative power 
rather than the judicial power," and 
called for a flat prohibition by the 
court on putting any such system 
into operation prior to appeal from 
the decision. While the brief is sub- 
mitted as a friend of the court, My- 
ers pointedly remarked that if "any 
exhibitor organization which in- 
cludes affiliated exhibitors in its 
membership should be allowed to 
intervene, the conference may be 
impelled to seek that privilege in 
order that the independent exhib- 
itors may be pi-operly represented." 
His reference obviously was to ATA 
which seeks to int;ei*vene. 

Supports Cross-Licensing Ban 
Myers declared, in support of the 
Department of Justice proposal for 
a ban on cross-licensing, that "so 
long as the defendants retain their 
theater chains and are permitted to 
cross-license each other, no bidding 
system can possibly serve to restore 

"In situations where one of the 
defendants has all of the theaters 
which can reasonably aspire to a 
particular run, the condition would 
remain unchanged. 

"In situations when two or more 
of the defendants have all the the- 
aters eligible for a particular i*un, it 
cannot be expected that they will 
suddenly detjart from their long- 
e<-ntinued behavior pattern and be- 
gin competing for runs. 

"In situations where there are in- 
dependent theaters which might wish 
to bid for a run, the affiliated the- 
aters with their backlog of parent 
company products will be in such a 
strong position that the indepen- 
dents cannot successfully compete 
with them. 

Defendants Can Overbid Indies 
"The defendants, when threatened 
with independent comnetition, can 
overbid for films and the losses so 
incurred can be recouped at points 
where they have a mononolv. Snch 
losses also can be offset bv the sim- 
ple expedient of iackins: up the price 
of pictures to the independent ex- 

"Anv claim bv the theater- 
ownine defendants that t'hev 
cannot ooeratp their theaters 
without cross-licensing must be 

taken as an admission (1) of the 
magnitude of their distribution 
monopoly and (2) the feebleness 
of the competition offered by the 
independent first-runs in metro- 
politan areas who rarely have 
more than one of the 'Big Five' 
products and often have none." 
CIEA's brief includes also the Con- 
ference's belief that flat rentals are 
the only possible offers which can 
fairly be judged from the competi- 
tive standpoint. In addjtion, the 
brief holds, flat-sum rentals would 
end "forced partnerships with inde- 
pendent exhibitors resulting from 
defendant's insistence upon percent- 
age playing." 

"Some Run" Offerings 

Support was expressed also for 
the Department of Justice proposal 
that bookings must be offered any 
independent exhibitors "upon reason- 
able terms for some runs." But 
calling again for divorcement, CIEA 
held that "'it is without precedent 
for the court in a contested case to 
impose a complicated and burden- 
some method of business upon an 
entire industry as a means of pre- 
venting law violations by only one 
hi anch of that industry. 

"Since the independent exhibitors 
are not parties and have not been 
found guilty of any law violation, 
and consequently are not subject to 
jurisdiction of the court, the grave 
question arises whether the proposed 
bidding system, if embodied in the 
oi'der, would constitute an exercise 
of the legislative power rather •han 
the judicial power. 

"In view of the serious impact of 
the court's plan on the independent 
exhibitors, and the grave legal ques- 
tion inherent in it, we feel justified 
in again voicing our view that total 
divestiture is not only sanctioned by 
the precedents but is the only effec- 
tive and enduring remedy that can 
be applied in the peculiar circum- 
stances of the case." 

Shuford to Para. Studio 
For Advertising Talks 

(Continued from Page 1 ) 
manager, who leaves for the studio 

Shuford, who will be on the Coast 
for several weeks, will hold a series 
of conferences with Henry Ginsberg 
vice-president in charge of produc- 
tion and studio operations, George 
Brown, studio publicity director, and 
other executives. 

Among the films that will occupy 
Shuford's attention will be "Desert 
Town," "Unconquered," "Golden 
Earrings," "The Big Haircut," 
"Variety Girl," "Blaze of Noon," 
"Dear Ruth," "The Emperor Waltz," 
and "My Favoi'ite Brunette." 

Milford Shore Bows on 29th 

Milford, Del.— The Shore Theatre 
will open on Oct. 29, Shore Amuse- 
ment, Inc., will operate. 

Auction No Remedy, 
Interveners Claim 

(Continued from Page 1) 
is composed of exhibitor-members 
of the Confederacy of Southern As- 

The brief principally amplifies the 
points raised in the petitioners' orig- 
inal motion to intervene. It con- 
tends that the directions as to auc- 
tion selling are not authorized under 
the Sherman Act and that "no case 
is found in which the court, for the 
purpose of implementing its decree 
in an anti-trust case, has directed 
that this particular mechanism of 
sale be used by a defendant." 
Will Not Settle Run Question 

It is asserted in the brief that 
auction selling will not settle the 
run and clearance status, but will 
"further the monopolistic practices 
injurious to smaller exhibitors." It 
is claimed that under the proposed 
system, defendant exhibitors will 
have additional advantage over ex- 
hibitors subject to the bidding re- 
quirement, and so, the brief asks, 
"Why punish independents in order 
to reach defendants?" The adminis- 
trative complications make the plan 
impractical, it is charged, because 
there appears to be no yardstick to 
determine whether a theater is ade- 
quate to the bid. 

Calls Elimination Justified 

The unanimity of exhibitor objec- 
tions to competitive bidding justifies 
the elimination of the system, the 
brief asserts, adding that it will be 
injurious to both exhibitors and the 
public. The petitioners say they do 
not seek to avoid the effects of the 
proposed decree so as to obtain un- 
due advantages; they merely seek 
an opportunity "to conduct their 
businesses and deal with the produc- 
ers and distributors in a normal, 
legal and economic manner and to 
prevent the destruction of the good 
will built up over a period of years. 
It is submitted that they are also 
entitled to become parties so that 
they may present evidence if the 
allegations of the petition are con- 
troverted, so that they may be able 
to appeal, participate in the future 
in the formulation of administrative 
provisions and, if necessary, apply 
for modification of the decree in the 

PRC H.O. Conference 

William Nesbitt, Pittsburgh sales- 
man for PRC and originator of the 
Book of Salesmen's Drives, arrives 
here today for conferences with the 
home office sale.5 department. 


THOMAS FARLEY, house staff, Pic Theater, 
Newark, N. /. 

JOSEPH DURR, house staff, Pic Theater, New- 
ark, N. J. 

CALVIN HECHT, house staff, Pic Theater, New- 
ark, N. J. 

)OHN KENNEDY, house staff. Embassy Theater, 
Newark, N. j. 



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Thursday, October 17, 1 

Chi. Loop First-Runs 
Cut to Two Weei(s 

(Continued from Page It 
fendants, RKO, Loevv's, Paramount, 
20th-Fox, and Warners, and the cir- 
cuit defendants, B & K, Warner 
Bros. Circuit Management Coi-p. and 
Warner Bros. Theaters, are re- 
strained from exhibiting first-run 
films in theaters leased or operated 
by them for more than two weeks in 
Loop houses or more than one week 
in subsequent-runs. 

Accepts McConnell Proposal 

In so directing, the court accepted 
the decree proposal of Thomas Mc- 
Connell, counsel for the Jackson 
Park Theater, which was submitted 
to Judge Igoe in August last. 

The Court also went along with 
McConnell in ruling that there must 
be no "dead" or waiting time be- 
tween Loop runs or subsequent- 

The Igoe decision bans any uni- 
form plan of releases or clearances 
by the defendant distributors and 

"Reasonable" Rentals 

By another provision of the de- 
cision, the Jackson Park Theater, in 
earlier playing time, is to be given 
"reasonable" film rental over B & K's 
Maryland Theater. 

Defense counsel were reported in 
the wake of the court's decision to 
be working on a new distributors' 
plan to replace the outlawed long- 
standing Chicago clearance system. 

Plaintiffs in the suit were Mrs. 
Florence B. Bigelow, Mrs. Marion 
Kerber, John E. and William C. 
Bloom, all children of Edward Bloom 
who built the Jackson Park Theater 
in 1917. Suit was originally filed 
in 1942 for $360,000 which was 
awarded them in full in March, 1944, 
with interest to accrue at the rate 
of 5 per cent. 

A rehearing was denied. In April, 
1946, the plaintiff's asked for an ad- 
ditional $200,000. 

Ramsey Leaving Holbrook 
To Revive Old Company 

Arthur B. Ramsey, executive vice- 
president of Holbrook Microfilming 
Service, Inc., has resigned, effective 
Nov. 1, and will return to Dallas in 
January to revive Ramsey Pictures. 
Latter operated for 12 years in Okla- 
homa City prior to World War II. 

^^Glass Menagerie's" 
Rights to Feldniun 

Tennessee Williams' "The Glass 
Menagerie," produced on Broadway 
by Eddie Dov/ling and Louis J. Singer, 
has been purchased for the screen by 
Charles K. Feldman, it was reported 
here yesterday. The deal is said to 
involve a cash payment of $400,000 
against eight and two-thirds per cent 
of the film's net profits, plus one 
and one-third per cent of the gross 
over $400,000. 


Maurice Bergtnan Tells Virginia Circuit Parley that 
Amusement Pages Generally Look the Same 

(Continued from Page 1) 

strong competition develops for the 
entertainment dollar. 

The industry is now entering the 
era of public service, culture and in- 
formation as its fourth important 
era, Bergman asserted. He charac- 
terized the three previous stages as 
the storeroom era, the ballyhoo era 
and the boom era. 

"Theater advertising must keep 
ahead of the public taste since ours 
is the responsibility to educate the 
public as well as to sell," Bergman 

Theater Adv. Objectives 

He outlined the 10 objectives in 
theater advertising as being to get 
advertising back into the theaters 
where it belongs; to localize its point 
of view; to create an institutional 
pattern; to abandon the common de- 
nominator and the superlative; to 
keep the advertising on a family or 
cultural level; to make the theater 
the focal point of the advertising; 
not to be afraid to be different; to be 
truthful and reveal what the picture 
is about; not to let our prejudices 

influence our advertising; and to con- 
dition the community to better pic- 

"Where to sell the picture is just 
as important as how to sell it," Berg- 
man maintained. "Theatermen should 
start selling a picture with the 
screen and the lobby, advancing the 
institutional factors of the motion 
picture industry." 

"The manager's personality must 
be reflected in the theater. We are 
the original personality business," 
Bergman reminded. 

Other guest speakers at the con- 
vention, at which Morton S. Thal- 
himer presided, included Col. Rob- 
ert T. Barton, counsel of the MPTO 
of Virginia; C. E. Peppiatt, 20th- 
Fox district manager; Joe Brecheen, 
RKO Radio Washington manager; 
John Allen, M-G^M district manager; 
Eddie Fontaine, Paramount Wash- 
ington manager; Robert Smeltzer, 
Warners district manager; Harry 
Martin, Universal Washington man- 
ager, and Sam Galanty, Columbia 
district manager. 

Distribs. to Seel( 
1946 Chinese Coin 

(Continued from Page 1) 
American pix in China, it was 
learned here yesterday. Successful 
conclusion of the long struggle to 
win Chinese compliance with a 14- 
month old agreement on 1945 remit- 
tances was revealed earlier this 

Although the 1945 agreement pro- 
vides for conversion of 15 per cent 
of earnings at a 20 to 1 ratio, there 
is little chance that a rate nearly 
so favorable will be reached for 
1946. The Chinese inflation is not 
abating — with the market rate of 
exchange now better than 3,360 
Chinese dollars to one American. 

American diplomatic officials, in 
their negotiations for settlement of 
the 1945 agreement, were careful to 
keep away from the problem of 1946, 
feeling that their chances of suc- 
cess on last year's agreement would 
be hurt if they tried to win any 
commitments for 1946. 

lATSE Pin for Tom O'Brien 

Chicago — Tom O'Brien, secretary 
of the British Kinema Employes 
Benevolent Assn., was presented 
with a diamond-studded lATSE pin 
by Richard F. Walsh, lA prexy, at 
the dinner tendered to O'Brien and 
Sam Watson, British miners' chief- 
tain, at the Morrison Hotel Tuesday 
night. William Green, AFL prexy, 
presented both guests with gold 
watches from American unions for 
their work in organizing interna- 
tional unity. 

Dot J Standing Pat on 
Proposed Judgment 

(Continued from Page 1) 

will be submitted, he said, nor is 
there any strong likelihood that 
any amendments will be offered. 

At the same time, it was felt 
likely that a comment on the dis- 
tributor - defendants' supplementary 
findings of fact, submitted last week, 
will be tendered the court. The 
spokesman would not reveal just 
where the Department would differ 
from the defendants, but the impli- 
cation was that the Department law- 
yers will challenge some of the state- 
ments set forth. 

No comment was forthcoming on 
the proposal of the SIMPP that inde- 
pendents' films not be bound by the 
provisions of any forthcoming decree 
even though they are distributed by 
defendant companies. It was appar- 
ent that the Department sees no way 
such an end could be accomplished, 
but there was no other comment. As 
revealed here last week, the Depart- 
ment does expect to comment upon 
all amicus briefs, but the comment 
may be simply verbal before the 

5 Ask Pioneer Membership 

Five applications for membership 
will be passed upon by the executive 
committee of the Picture Pioneers 
when it meets at the Waldorf-As- 
toria at noon today. The appli- 
cants are Philip Abrahams, William 
H. Fass, Harry Lawrenson and Leon- 
ard Schlesinger, all of New York, 
and Harry E. Weiner of Philadel- 

Indie Offers Decree 
Solution in Brief 

(Continued from Page 1) 
Mosque Theater, an indepen 
Newark, N. J., house, has 

amicus curiae brief with thelfVi 
toi-y Court. ^^^' 

The Mosque, owned by Radio C 
tre. Inc., is the only individual t 
ater to seek leave to file a brief 
the case. It was submitted "in 
der to give the court the point 
view of a single independent thea 
operator who is believed to be t^ 
cal of many of those who have bi 
prevented from entering or who hi 
been squeezed out of the motion j 
ture exhibiting field," according 
the petitioner. 

Theater a "White Elephant" 

The alleged inability to obti 
product for the 3,365-seat thea 
has made it virtually impossible 
operate it as a picture theater, it 
claimed, and as a result "Newar 
finest theater has been for year; 
v/hite elephant and an economic 1( 
to its owners and to the community 

The petitioner favors the instii^^ 
tion of free competition under 
auction system provided that t 
major theater-owning def endai :. 
are not permitted, through their tl ; 
ater ownership, to enjoy an unfi 
competitive advantage. An impc 
tant advantage, it is claimed, is 
the backlog of first-class picturi : 
produced by the companies ownir 
the theater, and for which the tli 
ater does not have to compete. 
Able to Outbid Indies 

It is pointed out that a produce! 
owned first-run, having a single-fe 
ture policy with a normal run I 
one week, would be able to fill \ 
substantial portion of its annui 
playing time with its own pictuK 
It is claimed that this would me<[ 
that in competing with an indepe; 
dently-owned theater for the produ \ 
of other producers, the produce ; 
owned theater could clearly afford ' 
outbid them for such additional pi 
tures as it needed, even taking a lo; 
on top quality product of other pr 
ducers in order to deprive indepei 
dent competitors of them. 

The brief asserts that where 
first-run competitive area conta: 
several producer-owned theaters, 
competing independents could eas: 
be deprived of all but "B" grade pi( j 
tures and might well be forced ov'' 
of the market. Divorcement wou) 
be the sure cure, the petitioner cor 
tends, but, lacking that, the Govern,;: 
ment's proposed cross-licensing ba ,' 
would be effective without deprivin; 
the major defendants of their show 
cases. That proposal, if put into ef 
feet, "is both necessary and prope 
to restore the normal competitive 
conditions in the motion pictur 
business," it is claimed. 


Asmus Buys in Norwood 

Denver — Charles Asmus hRsj 
bought the Mesa, in Norwood, from 
Boyd Buss. ! 

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Major Defendants Interpret Decree Proposals 

i)efendants File Their 
Pomments on All Recom- 
endations With Court 


'i| The five major distributor defend- 
nts in the New York equity case 
lesterday filed their comments with 
jae court on the court's opinion, their 
Vn proposed decree and the plain- 
'i|ff's proposed judgment. 
I The document appears to have 
^2en designed to clarify the defend- 
ants' position and to give their in- 
„srpretations of the plaintiff's pro- 
psals. The initial comment on their 
(Continued on Page 7) 

943 Industry Gross 
|lt $1,387,540,000 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

I Washington — A 1943 industry 

fross of $1,387,540,000 was reported 

["om 4,067 tax accounts in the in- 

'astry by the U. S. Treasury this 

;iorning. Net income was reported 

y 2,897 firms, and no net income by 


Of those reporting income, 277 

ere listed as producers, with a 

ross of $608,574,000, compared with 

gross of $712,962,000 reported by 

,j (Continued on Page 3) 

;ob Savini to Coast for 
roduction Conferences 

Robert M. Savini, president of 
!■ stor Pictures Corp., will leave for 
ollywood next Tuesday or Wednes- 
ly to confer with Jack Elliott who 
ill produce the first of a series of 
feature stunt productions for 
(Continued on Page 3) 

Municipal Admission 
TttA; for Abbeville 

Abbeville, Ala. — This city has 
levied a new tax of three cents on 
each 35 cents or fraction thereof 
and two cents on each 20 cents or 
fraction thereof for tickets to the- 
aters and other places of amusement 
operating for profit within the 
corporate limits. 

Court Suspends Jackson Park Theater Case 

Decree 30 Days for Preparation of Appeal 

Chicago — Federal Judge Michael Igoe yesterday granted counsel for de- 
fendant film distributors and affiliated theater circuits 30 days suspension of 
the Jackson Park Theater case decree which he handed down on Wednesday. 

Suspension order was granted to enable defense counsel to consult with New 
York home office executives in preparation for an appeal from the decree killing 
the Chicago clearance system and cutting loop first-runs to two weeks and 
subsequent runs to one week. 

U. S. Pix Lose Lead 
To Mexican— Palados 


FILM DAILY Staff Writer 
American films have lost their 
lead to Mexican competition in the 
Latin-American market, The Film 
Daily was told yesterday by Jose 
Gustavo Palacios, who just arrived 
from South America. 

Citing the bookings in his 16-the- 
ater chain in Caracas, Venezuela, as 
an example. General Manager Pala- 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Universal in Market for 
20 to 25 Stories a Year 

Universal is in the market for the 
best stories available to supply the 
demand for between 20 and 25 pic- 
tures a year, William Dozier, vice- 
president and assistant in charge of 
production, said yesterday at a trade 
press luncheon at 21 Club. 

Dozier introduced James W. Pol- 
ing, new Eastern story director, and 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Local 683 Facing 
Seizure by Inl'l 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Only two of Film 
Technicians Local 683's 16 officers 
and members of the board of di- 
rectors, Paul Jaffe, vice-president, 
and Melvin Young, a member of the 
board, appeared at the hearing at 
which Local 683 reps, were charged 
with disobeying the orders of lATSE 
President Richard F. Walsh that lA 
members should cross the picket 
lines established by the Conference 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Monogram Pictures for 
Netherlands East Indies 

Monogram International has closed 
a deal with the Netherlands East 
Indies government for a group of its 
films it was announced yesterday by 
Norton V. Ritchey, president. Wil- 
liam E. Osborne, Monogram's Far 
Eastern rep., left iSingapore for 
Batavia on a short visit to the Dutch 
(Continued on Page 3) 

Fight ^^Outlaw^^ Cancellaiions 

UA Sues Brandt-Mayer; Clty^s Threat Bared 

Allied Studios Leases 
Gov't Plant in Nevada 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — The recently formed 
Allied 'Studios, Inc., has acquired a 
25-year lease from the U. S. Govern- 
ment of the plant at Henderson, 
Nev. Its three large buildings will 
(Continued on Page 2) 

Harry Brandt and Arthur Mayer 
were directed yesterday in an order 
signed by Supreme Court Justice 
Louis A. Valente to appear in Part 
Three, Supreme Court, Manhattan, 
on Monday to show cause why they 
have refused to exhibit Howard 
Hughes' controversial pic, "The Out- 

Order was secured yesterday by 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Believes Court Did Not 
Intend to Restrict Com- 
petition as Interpreted 

Independent exhibitor members of 
the MPTOA do not believe that the 
court intended to restrict competi- 
tion to the point of requiring pic- 
tures to be sold at auction to the 
highest bidder and to bar all other 
methods of competition, when it 
offered an alternative plan to dives- 

That theory was advanced yester- 
day when the MPTOA indie members 
filed an a/mieus curiae brief in the 
New York equity case through their 
(Continued on Page 6) 

New Distrib. Cos. 
Decree Outcome! 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — "The desire of inde- 
pendent producers to distribute their 
product without being subject to the 
curbs which may be placed on the 
majors by the New York court may 
lead to the formation of new distrib- 
(Continued on Page 6) 

DeRochemont Offers Plan 
To 'Sell' America Abroad 

Richard de Rochemont, March of 
Time producer, recently returned 
from a six-week European trip, yes- 
terday outlined to Ampa members 
(Continued on Page 6) 

France Releasing 

Blocked Pix Funds 

Paris (By Cable) — The Ameri- 
can Embassy has been informed by 
the Ministry of Finance that instruc- 
tions have been given for the re- 
lease of all blocked funds to U. S. 
film companies. The remittances will 
be made shortly, it was reported. 
The amount is said to be consider- 
able because the funds include pre- 
war deposits, revenue from OWI 
pictures and grosses from pictures 
released during the two years since 
the liberation. 



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Columbia Plots 251/2 

East. Kodak 212 

do pfd 191 

Gen, Prec. Eq 27 

Loew's, Inc ZSVi 

Paramount 31 '/a 

RKO 175/8 

Republic Picts ST-'g 

Republic Picts. pfd. ISVs 
20th Century-Fox . . . 435.8 
Universal Pict 3134 

Universal Picts. pfd.. 
Warner Bros 










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Radio-Keith cvs. 
Sonctone Corp. 




Pathe Industries 730 




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DANIEL T. O'SHEA. Vanguard president, left 
Wednesday for the Coast. 

CHARLES GOLDSMITH. co-ordina!or f;r the 
British Empire for Loew's Internatio .al, ar- 
rived in Sydney, Australia, yesterday. 

DA.LY. is in Boston today. 

COL. JACK VDTICN, head cf RKO Radio pro- 
ducticn activities in Eu.ope, has arrived in 
Pa:i5 from London to confer with Kene Clair 

ANITA LOUISE is in tcwn on a short vacation. 

ICHN BERGIN. Paramount Philadelphia sales- 
man, is in New York for office sales con- 

EMERSON YORKE leaves today for '.he Coast. 

LEONARD SATS, director of purchasing and 
maintenance for Century circuit theaters, will 
leave here by plane tomorrow to attend t,ie 
S.VFE ccnventicn in Hollywood, 

)ACK LLOYD, Brcadway and radio actor, re- 
turned here yesterday via Constellation from 
studio conferences on the Coast. 

cently signed by M-G-M to write a musical 
which Arthur Freed will produce, will leave 
,n = re Monday for the coast, and will return upon 
completion of their commitment to finish work 
en their first dramatic play. 

PAT O'BRIEN will leave here Oct. 25 on the 
Queen Elizabeth's maiden voyage as a passenger 
ship for England. 

A. W. COOK, member of the Board of Gov- 
ernors of the SMPE. left Binghamton yesterday 
for Hollywood to attend the Society's conven- 

HANK LINET, Universal-International Eastern 
advertising manager, will leave New York today 
ioy plane for Chicago to set the opening of 
■The Dark Mirror" at the Woods Oct. 26. 

WILLIAM DOZIER, Universal - International 
production executive will Uave New York over 
the week-end for Hollywood with a stop-over in 

CHARLES LAUGHTON returns to New York 
from the Coast in mid-November, following 
completion of his role in "Arch of Triumph." 

WILLIAM WOLFSON, city manager, Alabama 
Theaters. Inc., Montgomery, Ala., has returned 
from a vacation trip to Denver, Colo. 

HAL ROACH is hunting pheasants near Aber- 
deen, S. D. 

WALTER HOFFMAN, 20th-Fox exploiteer at 
Minneapolis, is pack from Los Angeles. 

JACK LORENTZ. 20th-Fox Central division 
drive leader for the Skouras drive, and AN- 
NAMAE SUFFERN, 20th-Fox women's drive 
leader, are at the Minneapolis exchange. 

Earl Champion Dead 

.Minneapolis — Earl Champion, pro- i 
jectionist at the Nokomis, a nabe, | 
and former business agent for the \ 
operator's union here, died. 

Nomikos Retains Simon 

Chicago — Seymour Simon has been 
retain°d by Van Nomikos to defend 
the percentage fraud actions filed 
against him by distribs. 

XAVIER CUCAT and his orchestra will be 
in Minneapolis Monday for a p. a. 

WALTER PIDCEON, M-C-M star, expected 
from the Coast this week, has delayed his ar- 
rival for two weeks. 

CEDRIC GIBBONS, head of M-G-M Studios- 
art department: WILLIAM POWELL and ROBERT 
MONTGOMERY, stars, are in town from the 

HERBERT NUSBAUM, of M-C-M's home of- 
fice legal staff is due back Monday from a 
Coast trip. 

JOAN FONTAINE is expected back over the 
week-end in Hollywood. 

WILLIAM LYON, of M-C-M's studio pub- 
licity department is in town on vacation, after 
a brief visit to Philadelphia. 

WILLIAM G. BRENNER, head of M-C-M's 
field auditing department, leaves today for a 
week's trip to -Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and 

WILLIAM B. ZOELLNER, head of M-C-M's and importation, is due back from a 
tour of Western exchanges on Tuesday. 

JOHN J. MALONEY. M-G-M Central sales 
manager, leaves today for his Pittsburgh head- 
quarters after a two-day home office visit. 

CHARLES C. MOSKOWITZ, Loew's vice-presi- 
dent and treasurer, is scheduled to return from 
the Coast Monday, 
i M. L. SIMONS, editor of the Distributor, 
M-G-M s sales publication, is due to return 
Monday from a three-week visit to the com- 
pany's studios. 

JOHN E. FLYNN, M-G-M Midwestern sales 
I manager, has returned to Chicago after several 
; days at the home office. 

' FRANK C. HENSLER. M-G-M district mana- 
ger and FRANK ]. DOWNEY, branch manager, 
leave tomorrow for their Detroit headquarters. 

CATHERINE CRAIG returns to Hollywood at 
the week-end from a vacation in Bloomington, 

I MARIE WILSON will arrive in New York from 
Hollywood aboard the TWA Constellation to- 
■ morrow, 

MAURY ORR. UA Western sales manager, has 
returned to the home office following a three- 
week tour of Western exchanges. 

WILLIAM SATORI, Monogram's Continental 

: European Representative, has just returned to 

[ London after a trip to the Continen* where he 

visited the Monogram distributors in Holland, 

Belgium and France. 

RAY MILLAND and his wife will visit five 
countries on the European continent following 
his command performance before the King and 
Queen in London on Nov. 1. 

8 Out-of-Town Delegates 
To Attend WB Club Meet 

Rank Cos. to Make 25% 
Of Pix in Technicolor 

Eight delegates from out of town 
v\'ill attend the annual meeting of 
the Warner Club tomorrow at the 
WB home office. They include Leo' 
Rosen, Albany; Richard Barry, Chi- 
cago; Francis Flood, Xew Haven; J. 
Brodsky, Philadelphia; S. Bragin, 
Pittsburgh; S. Hoffman, Washing- 
ton; Richard Wright, Cleveland, and 
Arthur Manfredonia, Newark. 

Cinecolor Gets 491 Print 
Order on "Gallant Bess" 

London (By Cable) — Film com- 
i panies associated with J. Arthur 
' Rank Organization are producing 25 
per cent of their output in Techni- 
color despite shortage of color cam- 
j eras, lack of studio space, and the 
I "austei'ity" program. 

Color-pix in current production 
are: "Stairway to Heaven," "My 
Heart Goes Crazy," "This Happy 
Breed," "Men of Two Worlds," 
"Black Narcissus," "The Man With- 
in," "Jassy," "Blanche Fury," and 
"Christopher Columbus." 

Allied Studios Leases 
Gov't Plant in Nevada 

(Continued from Page 1) 

be converted into nine stages an 
Western Electric equipment will b 

Allied Studios vnW spend $1,600. 
^ 000 on a reconversion progi'as ft-hici 
will include the erection of tthei^ing 
to house administration offices, dress- 
ing rooms, shops, mills, etc. The 
company plans to go into production 
in January. It will also rent stage.- 
to other producers. 

Joe Rock is vice-president ■ ir 
charge of production and Leon Lee 
one of the officers. Names of the 
other officers will be announced 
shortly. The company has plans to 
produce 20 pictures. 

Zukor, Weltner Sail for 
Europe on Queen Elizabeth 

Adolph Zukor, Paramount board 
chairman, will make his first trip to 
Europe since 19-39 when he sails on 
the Queen Elizabeth Oct. 25. He wil". 
be accompanied by George Weltner. 
president of Paramount Interna- 

Zukor will go to London and Paris 
where he will personally install 
James E. Perkins as the company'.^ 
managing director for Great Britair. 
and John B. Nathan as division man- 
ager for continental Europe, North 
Africa and the Middle East. Both 
men were recently appointed. Henry 
Ginsberg, vice-president in charge of 
production, scheduled to go to 
Europe also, has cancelled his pas- 
! Also sailing on the first West-East 
voyage of the Elizabeth -^-ill be 
Frank LaGrande, chief at Para- 
; mount's Long Island lab.; Ray Mil- 
: land, Maurice Ne-R-ton, a member of 
I the board of directors and Roland 

West Coast B-.irca:'. of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollj'wood — Cinecolor has received 
an order from M-G-M for 491 prints 
of "Gallant Bess." A record order 
for the Burbank plant, the prints 
are scheduled for domestic use only 
with further orders expected for 
overseas prints. 

Rodell Opens in Ne-w Berlin 

New Berlin, 111.— W. J. Rodell has 
opened the new Rodeo here. He form- 
erly resided in Athens, 111. 

"Carnegie Hall" Shooting 
Finished Ahead of Sked 

Shooting on ' Carnegie Hall" was 
completed yesterday one day ahead 
of the 55-day schedule. Cutting will 
commence immediately in the East, 
it was stated by Boris Morros. Pic 
will be released through United 

4 SGP Sales Districts; 
5- Year Pact for Jones 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

\ Hollywood — Screen Guild Produc- 
tions' expansion plans call for the 
immediate establishment of four 
major sales districts throughout the 
country with a district manager in 
i charge of each sector under the su- 
I pei-vision of F. A. Bateman, general 
sales manager. 

New five-year contracts have been 

handed President John J. Jones and 

Robert L. Lippert, vice-president in 

charge of distribution. All original 

! stockholders and franchise holders 

I voted at the Chicago meeting to in- 

\ crease their original stock purchases 

by 50 per cent to provide the neces- 

, sarj- capital for the company's ex- 

I pansion program. 

Berco•^^ci In Ne'w York 

Leonardo Bercovici, screenplay 
writer, arrived from the Coast yes- 
terday to confer with Taylor Cald- 
well on the film version of "This Side 
of Innocence," novel, which will be 
produced by Hal Home for Story 

Friday, October 18, 1946 



1943 Industry Gross 
At $1,387,540,1 

(Continued from Page 1) 
2,620 exhibitors. Net income figure 
for t^°se two groups were $126,090,- 

[)00 ) $136,843,000 respectively— a 

^otafbf $262,933,000. $56,664,000 of 
:he producer take was reported sub- 
ject to excess profits taxation, and 
;70,831 of the exhibitor income — 
vith the two groups giving Uncle 
3am $45,693,000 and $56,935,000 in 
ixcess profits taxes respectively, 
rotal tax bill for both groups was 
;147,380,000 — of which the producers 
laid $69,002,000 and the exhibitors 

Dividends of $53,571,000 were re- 
lorted for the two groups — $22,256,- 
'00 and $31,315,000 respectively, 
stock dividends were not included 
n this tally. 
Of the firms reporting no net in- 

ome, 244 were in the production 
i>ranch and 764 in exhibition. Their 
'toss was listed at $66,014,000. 

15.842,000 and $50,172,000 respec- 
Ivelv. Overall deficit was reported 

t $5.382,000— $3,084,000 for the pro- 

uction end and $2,298,000 for the 


Job Savini to Coast for 
'roduction Conferences 

(Continued from Page 1) 
.stor. Bud Pollard, who will direct 
nese pictures, has already arrived 
n the Coast, where studio facilities 
ave been engaged and the scenario 
Readied. Announcements as to the 
ast of the first pic will be made 

Savini while on the Coast will also 
pnfer with various producers who 
ave major company productions in 
3 mm. and also 3.5 mm. available 
Dr re-issue. He will headquarter at 
le Hollywood "Plaza. 

From Hollywood, Savini will visit 
stor exchanges in the Northwest, 
•-opping at San Francisco and Port- 
.nd and then work his way South 
) visit the Southern offices at Dallas, 

ew Orleans and Atlanta. He ex- 
pects to return in time for the Pic- 
,ires pioneer Dinner. 


Oct. 18 

Claude Macgowan Roy H. Haines 

Frances Marion Setli Raisler 

Margaret Seddon Lou Formafo 

Eugene Gilbert Artliur H. Schwartz 

Oct. 19 
William Massce Ralph Cervers 

Natalie Thompson Louis Graff 

R. P. Hagen Nancy Carroll 

Gene Tierney Wallace Sullivan 

Lynn Merrick 
Oct. 20 
Richard Fiske Robert W. Armstrong 

Evelyn Keyes Elsa Benham 

Judy Canova Rosita Delmar 

Bert Morehouse 

The New PRC 

• • • THE NEW PRC: If you've been intrigued by PRC's recent 
adoption without fcmiaie of publicity trumpets, of the prefix. New and 
have been led to speculate as to the reason and what it portends, you 

and Phil M. possess the some lively bump of curiosity So, across 

the luncheon table yesterday, there was verbal give-and-take with the 
New PRC's mighty able prexy, Harry H. Thomas, and what you are 

about to read thus may be said to bear an official stamp of sorts 

First, the introduction of the New PRC does not presage corporate 

changes The use of the prefix, says Harry frankly, is essentially 

for psychological effect Obviously, it points up the New PRC's 

change of pace during the last eight or nine months, and, as well, what 
that change of pace has meant in the way of orgcmizational and pro- 
gram development Harry feels that the New PRC in that com- 
paratively brief period actually has made progress equal to that which 

is normally achieved in three years' time And the company ledgers 

bear him out The New PRC todcry is getting terms far ahead of 

those to which PRC was accustomed in the nof-too-long ago That 

in part explains why the company's production outlay for eight pic- 
tures for 1946-47 approximates the aggregate spent on some 26 features 

distributed in 1945-46 You gather from Harry's enthusiastic table 

talk that there is financial magic in the resources at the disposal of the 
New PRC Which isn't exactly surprising, considering that the re- 
sources are those of Robert R. Young, one of the foremost industrialists 

of our time Young's interests are multiple, of course But vrith 

Pathe Industries and American Eagle-Lion, in addition to the New 

PRC, he has something more than just a toehold in film biz Which 

is something to remember, surely Meanwhile, this: Three cen- 
turies ago, Avon's Bard queried, "What's in a name?" A 1946 

answer to that could be "Plenty, if the name is the New PRC 

or Harry Thomas" 

T T T 

• • • CUFF NOTES: Ernest W. Fredman, managing editor of Bri- 
tain's leading industry daily, the Daily Film Renter, who is among those 
arriving on the S.S. Elizabeth Mondcry mom, will be staying at the Drake 
Hotel for the first seven days of his American sojourn, after which he 
will be at the Sherry-Netherland, until he departs for Hollywood on Nov. 

8 The very able Freddie is going to find himself swamped by 

American hospitality, upon his arrival. ... • That striking photo of 
the Hotel Astor roof fire on Page 1 of the New York Daily News was 
taken from the FILM DAILY offices by Don Mersereau, associate pub- 
lisher and general manager. ... • Don't be surprised if Maurice B. 
Bergman, Universal's ad-publicify director, fills a succession of speak- 
ing engagements, before exhibitor and other organizations, during the 
next few months. ... • And don't discount the box office importance 
of newspctper film reviews, despite what that public opinion poll pur- 
ported to establish For instance, the Chicago Tribune reports that 

in 1935 its movie reviews were factors in 10,203 comments or inquiries 

from readers Incidentally, it is interesting to note that the total 

Trib. reader response, for both drama cmd music. . hit 9,986. ... • The 
J. Arthur Rank-Wesley Ruggles pic, "London Town," will be re-titled 
"My Heart Goes Crazy" for American distribution by Universal-Infl. . . . 

• Newest typing service in town and one that should be a suc- 
cess is Central Service with offices in the Belasco Theater Building, 

115 West 44lh Sf Trio of owners are three former typists and secre- 
taries from Hortense Schorr's publicity department at Columbia Pic- 
tures. ... • Max Brock, Lawton, Okla. thecrter owner, will head the 
city's Community Chest campaign. ... • Some new sort of a record for 
loyalty to a film must have been established in St. Louis recently, where 
Alice Ugarde, music teacher, went to see "A Song To Remember" 95 

times Clarence Hill, Columbia's brcmch head, heard of it cmd gave 

Miss Ugarde a fitting reward a 96th and private screening 

Danz on Stand at 
Seattle Trust Trial 

Seattle — John Danz, president of 
the Sterling Theater circuit, testify- 
ing in the anti-trust suit of the The- 
ater Investment Co. and Venetian 
Theater against 13 exhibitors and 
distributors for $500,000 damages, 
told the Court that his Granada and 
Admiral Theaters in West Seattle in 
August, 1945, were raised to third- 
run status after he had agreed to 
the price scale in effect at the 
Egyptian and Neptune Theaters. 

Testimony was also introduced by 
the plaintiffs hearing on the relation- 
ship between the National Theaters 
Corp., Evergreen Theaters Corp., 
Evergreen State Amusement Corp., 
Cascade Theaters Corp., and Fox 
Theaters, Inc. These companies are 
charged with conspiring to control 
interstate distribution of film 
through the force of their purchas- 
ing power and dictating admission 

Frank L. Newman, Sr., president 
of the last four named companies, 
testified he had been brought to 
Seattle by the Skouras brothers. 
The deposition of Al Rosenberg, sec- 
retary of these companies, with the 
exception of Cascade Theaters, was 
next introduced to establish the ex- 
clusive third-run bookings in effect 
for the Egyptian and Neptune The- 
aters from 1939 to 1945. 

Monogram Pictures for 
Netherlands East Indies 

(Continued from Page 1) 
East Indies, and will leave there 
•shortly for Manila. 

James J. Tierney, a former ex- 
ecutive of Ritchey International, has 
been appointed service manager of 
Monogram International to guide the 
prints and advertising matter 


It's a 7-pound, 8-ounce girl at the 
Bob- Weitmans. Pop is manager of 
the New York Paramount Theater. 
It's their third child, the other two 
being a girl and boy. Mother is at 
the Williamsburg Maternity Hos- 

A baby girl was born to Mr. and 
Mrs. Richard Carlton, Sunday, at 
Women's Hospital. Father is assis- 
tant to Melvin L. Gold, advertising 
and publicity director of National 
Screen Service. 

Chicago — Tom Burke, president of 
the local theater janitors' union, be- 
came a granddaddy with the birth of 
a son to his daughter, Mrs. John 
Cosgrove, at the Illinois Central 





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N. Y. Daily News- and the Boxoffice! 

Roxy opening tops 20th's 
Biggest Technicolor Hits- 

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Friday, October 18, 1946 


MPTOA Questions 
Court's Bid Order 

(Continued from Page 1) 
attorney, Herman M. Levj^ The 
MPTOA pointed out that parties to 
:he suit and exhibitor applications 
)efore the court had indicated the 
same interpretation of competitive 
oidding, adding that "since such a re- 
stricted arena of competition would 
oe contrary to the basic philosophj' 
of the Sherman Act, your petitioners 
do not believe that that was the 
court's intention." 
"Auction Bidding" Not in Decision 

The MPTOA declared that no- 
where in' the decision did the court 
use the words "auction bidding" or 
■•auction selling" and yet "industry- 
wise that is the exclusive label given 
:o the particular words of the de- 

The petitioners then asked a 
Jefinite question: ""RTiat is there 
about this industry different from 
any other which requires that it be 
singled out and impressed with a 
restricted system of auction selling, 
whether that be only one method of 
competition or the only method of 

Continuing, the brief said: 

"Your petitioners, too, hold no 
brief for divorcement. They do not 
feel that that remedy will cure the 
evils complained of, but, quite on 
the contrary, will create a new set 
of them. But why, they ask, must 
rhe alternatives be a restricted sys- 
tem of competition in the form of 
auction selling or divorcement? What 
is there inherent in the motion pic- 
ture industry which calls upon the 
court to order an affirmative plan, a 
code, for competition, rather than 
the customary prohibitions against 
the indulgence in unlaw^ful practices 
and the opening of the market there- 
upon to competition?" 

Over-buying, "Backlogging" 

The MPTOA backed up the pro- 
posal of Robert L. Wright, special 
assistant to the Attorney General, 
on the matter of over-buying and 
"backlogging." The Government had 
proposed that "each license shall 
specify a date of availability of a 
print for the run licensed and pro- 
vide that such run shall commence 
within 30 days after such avail- 
ability." It was pointed out that 
this should be read with another 
provision which, in effect, would pre- 
vent any exhibitor from having a 
longer than six months' supply on 

"As to both of these provisions," 
the brief states, "your petitioners re- 


M. RICH, manager, Teitel's Asfor Theater, 

CRAYDCN MATTHEWS, manager. Monogram 
exchange, Toronto. 

CHARLES BRAUNCH, manager, Ridge, Breck- 
ridge. Minn. 

GERALD J. YANISCH, manager, Chief, Red 
Wing, Minn. 

CURTIS E. (JEAN) WEISER, operator, Alvin 
Theater, Detroit. 

JOHN COL&RITE, manager, Alvin Theater, De- 

KY ROSSMAN, manager, Carlton Theater, De 

HAROLD E. WELCH, operator, Oal<land The- 
ater, Highland Park, Mich. 

DANTE DEL CROSSO, manager, Alden Theater, 

THORNE NOCAR, operator, Imperial Theater, 

jCSEPH HUNT, manager. Imperial Theater, De- 

B. E. POOL, operator. West Side Drive-In The- 
ater, Detroit. 

ROBERT C. MCESTA, operator, Stratford The- 
ater, Detroit. 

EVERETT LOVELETT, salesman, Columbia, Min- 

BILL WOOD, booker. Paramount, Minneapolis. 

BRUCE SCHUBERT, office manager, Paramount, 

BILL CHAlKEN, PRC Hollywood publicity staff. 

Offers Plan to 'Seil' 
America Abroad 

New Distrib. Cos. 
Decree Outcome! 

I Continued from Page 1) 
at their luncheon meeting in Town i 
Hall Club, an immediate solution to ; 
the urgent need of "selling" America 
abroad. De Rochemont proposed that 
the industry select 10 of its top 
men to work with an advisory board, 
made up of a -cross-section of the 
American people, to choose from 
nearly 2,500 feature pix not yet 
shown abroad, a selection which will 
give Europeans a truthful presenta- 
tion of American life. These 10 men 
and the advisory board would work 
in co-operation with a friendly for- 
eign group to make the selection. 

William Benton, of the U. S. State 
Department is ready to supply such 
a group with available information 
which will be helpful in making the 
selection, de Rochemont declared. 

Offered as a general concept 
abroad, de Rochemont declared "we 
are too rich to be loved." American 
films are setting up an impossible 
conception of American luxury and 
frivolity. The foreign audiences want 
not only entertainment but a feel- 
ing of closer kinship to the Amer- 
ican masses, he added; and cited as 
an example a backdrop impression 
created in films when a stenographer 
goes home from work to living quar- 
ters that only a black marketeer 
could support. 

"We cannot establish ourselves 
with the rest of the world unless we 
can admit through films that we have 
a cross-section of people in America 
who may find direct relationship to 
similar people in other countries 

Local 683 Facing 
Seizure by Int'l 

(Continued from Page 1) 
of Studio Unions in the Coast juris- 
dictional strike. -^^a. 

Thomas Mui-tha, business ^het-j of 
the stagehands local of Brooklyn. 
N. Y., presided at the hearing. Local 
68.3 officers charged that the hearing 
would be a "cut-and-dried affair." 

lATSE officials said that if Murtha 
finds the charges are true, the offi- 
cers of 683 will have 48 hours to 



HERBERT CROOKER, publicity manager 
for M-G-M, will be discharged today from 
St. Clair Hospital where he has been re- 
cuperating following an emergency appen- 

spectfully pray that they receive 
favorable action by this court and be 
included in the final decree." It was 
suggested, however, that the 30-day 
provision be changed to read 45 days, 
since the shorter period might act to 
keep the exhibitor from fulfilling all 
of his commitments and to prevent 
him from properly varying the type 
of pictures played. 

The MPTOA also asked that 
Wright's guarantee of some run be 
included in the final decree, as well 
as the 25 per cent cancellation 
privilege. The association asked for a 
simplified system of arbitration. 

(Continued from Page 1) 
uting companies — which is just what 
this business needs," a prominent 
exhibitor leader said here yesterday. 

Opinion that the Xew York Statu- 
tory Court has the power to direct 
sales methods of distribs. over inde- 
pendent product ■ as well as their 
own, Abram F. Myers, general coun- 
sel for national Allied, said the in- 
deiDendent producers cannot expect 
to "have their cake and eat it too." 

It was recalled that in 1944 an 
Arbitration Appeal Board ruled that 
RKO was within its rights in refus- 
ing a New England exhibitor an In- 
ternational feature for showing in 
one of his smaller theaters, even 
though it was ready to book into one ' 
of his larger houses. The distribu- ' 
tor was upheld on the ground that 
International had nixed the less de- 
sirable booking. 

At that time, exihibitors were pre- 
pared to challenge the appeals board, 
but decided not to go to the trouble 
because they were certain that the 
consent decree under which the in- 
dustry was still operating could not 
last much longer. 

abroad," the MOT producer empha- 

De Rochemont further stressed the 
need for projecting Americanism 
through features, since shorts, in- 
cluding documentaries, have lost 
their place on current programming 
abroad. The great boom in European 
film attendance has caused the for- 
eign exhibitor to confine his show to 
a feature and newsreel only, in order 
to get the turnover. 

As a closing note, de Rochemont 
said that the industry has reaped a 
valuable hai-vest in the past five 
years and will be wise to support 
such a move to spread Americanism 
throughout the world. 

Claire Trevor and Rhonda Kelly 
(Miss Australia) together with A. G. 
Hard and Harold W. Eather, of the 
Australian Trade Commission, were 
seated at the dais together with 
Rutgers Neilson, Ampa president, 
and Phil Williams, vice-president, 
who acted as member-emcee and in- 
troduced the guest of honor. 

' West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Hollyuood — It was disclosed at 
a meeting called Wednesday night 
by Roy M. Brewer, Hollywood 
rep. for the lATSE, that the three 
AFL labor arbitrators who settled 
last year's strike had said that they 
had meant all along that movie 
set erection should belong to the 
lATSE. Disclosure was made at 
the meeting by Ronald Reagan, 
third vice-prexy of the Screen 
Actors Guild. Local 683 officials 
said that less than one-tenth of 
683 members attended the meet- 

show cause why lA should not su- 
persede them. If they fail to so 
convince lA they will be ordered to 
turn over their books and records to 
the International. If they refuse, 
the Intei-national will go to court to 
carry out the seizure of the local. 

Officials of 683 expect an adverse 
decision and will appeal from any 
injunction issued against the local 
and carry the matter to the highest 

Reps, of Local 683 said that at a 
joint meeting with reps, of the Lab. 
Technicians Union, lA Local 702 
of Xew York, held in Chicago in 
July a full explanation of plans and 
actions of mutual concern relating 
to employers was agreed upon; noti- 
fication of employer trouble of any 
kind which required the assis- 
tance of lab. unions to solve; agree- 
ment not to do each other's work 
in the event of stoppages over bar- 
gaining disputes; joint action on 
wage and condition drives in the 
future; equal wage rates and work- 
ing conditions for film lab. techni- 
cians throughout the country. 


Winter Haven, Fla. — Myrtle 
Reaves and James W. Gamto were 
married in Valdosta, Ga. Both are 
on the staff of the Ritz. 

Ridgeway, 111. — Clyde Miner, man- 
ager and part-owner of the Strand, 
was married to Mabel Satterfield, 
an employe of the Gallatin County 

iday, October 18, 1946 

lajor Defendants 
ubmit Comments 

(Continued from Page 1) 
^l proposed decree and the plain- 
F's proposed judgment reads: 
'•f .er the opinion nor the sug- 
sti^^for a decree by this court 
lates each violation of the Sherman 
;t found to have existed to any 
ecified section of that Act. It 
erefore seems appropriate to have 

2 decree provide that the defend- 
ts have violated the Sherman Act 

the respects specified in the 
inion. That is the suggestion of 
ese defendants. The proposal of 

3 plaintiff that the decree recite 
at the defendants 'were found to 
ve violated Section 1 and 2 of the 
erman Act' carries the erroneous 
plication that each of the viola- 
ns found by the court constituted 
violation of both Sections 1 and 2." 

Enjoins Minimum Admissions 
The comments point out that the 
lintiff's proposed decree enjoins 
3 fixing of minimum admission 
fees by certain specified means and 
1 any other wise," whereas the de- 
'dants in their proposed decree en- 
■n the fixing of minimum admis- 
i.n prices "in any manner or by 
y means." Continuing on this sub- 
-■X, the defendants say: 
'The plaintiff's proposed decree 
-=s not, by express language, recog- 
>,e the right of a distributor to 
juire knowledge of the admission 
.ces which the exhibitor intends to 
irge for the exhibition of a par- 
•ular feature. Defendants' proposal 
:ognizes this right. This right is 
:essary to enable a distributor to 
ermine which exhibitor has offered 
■ ! best terms," and for other rea- 
ls stated by the court. 
•This does not in any respect re- 
j iet the freedom of the exhibitor 
I determine for himself the admis- 
1 price which he intends to 
irge," it is stated. 

j Would Permit Clearance 

fi.5 to clearance, the five major de- 

dants declare that their proposal 

lould permit clearance, but pre- 

iits any agreement between two 

more distributors to maintain a 

tem of clearances." It is pointed 

that under the plaintiff's pro- 
sal, an agreement between Distrib- 
jir A and Exhibitor B for reason- 
e clearance over competitive the- 
C. D and E might be claimed 

constitute a violation of this 
ree because Distributor A agi-eed 
jh an exhibitor to maintain a sys- 
|i of clearances. Obviously, it is 

ed, "such a proposal ignores the 
lidity of a reasonable clearance." 
The entire document endeavors to 

Fight ^^Outlaw^^ Cancellations 

UA Sues Bran dt-Maycj 7Jit/s Threat Bared 

(Continued from Page 1) 
distributor of the we show 'The Outlaw' in these 

United Artists, 
pic, which is asking a mandatory in 
junction requiring the two defend 
ants to exhibit "The Outlaw" in the 
Rialto, Republic and Gotham on 
Broadway Oct. 26 as scheduled. 

Affidavit of Edward C. Raftery, 
UA president, which accompanies 
the show-cause order, discloses that 
he was first notified of the Brandt- 
Mayer intention not to play the film 
by Harry Brandt on Oct. 11. At that 
time, according to Raftery, he re- 
ceived a letter from Brandt which 

"I have been served notice in 

person by the License Commis- 



Drafting of a city ordinance is 
now in preparation which will 
broaden the powers of the New 
York City Department of License, 
enabling the license commissioner 
to revoke the license of any the- 
ater whose advertising of an at- 
traction he may deem salacious, 
it was reported yesterday. 

sioner of the City of New York, 
the Honorable Benjamin Field- 
ing, and by the Assistant Corp- 
oration Counsel in charge of 
Criminal Prosecutions, Mr. Dan 
Rosen, acting on behalf of the 
Police Department of the City 
of New York, that if 'The Out- 
law' is shown in the Rialto, Goth- 
am and the Republic Theaters, 
action will be taken first by the 
License Commissioner for the 
violation of 1140A of the Penal 
Law, which will then result in a 
presentment of an indictment by 
the Grand Jury, and with the 
permanent revocation of the li- 
censes of these three theaters to 
do business in the City of New 

"Sgt. Quinn, of the Police De- 
partment, has notified the Corp- 
oration Counsel's office that if 

theaters we will be in violation 
of the Penal Law and the Ad- 
ministrative Code. 

"Having been served notice by 
the fully accredited representa- 
tives of the City of New York, 
I have no alternative but to 
notify United Artists that I can- 
not run this picture in these 
three theaters." 

Kaitery m a statement yesterday 
said that UA could not agree to 
cancellation of the exhibition con- 
tracts, and contended that "no ex- 
hibitor has the right to repudiate a 
contract because he is threatened by 
some public official who is in no way 
connected with the State Board of 

"The State Legislature, having 
vested censorship in the Board of 
Education, in effect took all powers 
of local censorship away from any 
city or county officials," Raftery as- 

"This incident is an unprecedented 
attempt on the part of the Com- 
missioner of Licenses, the Corpora- 
tion Counsel and the Police Depart- 
ment of the City of New York to 
superimpose a new form of censor- 
ship on the already existing state 
censorship. The Supreme Court of 
the U. S. and the Courts of the State 
of New York have already passed 
upon the New York State Censor- 
ship law and have certified to its 

Brandt said yesterday he would 
subpoena city officials involved in or- 
der to show that he did not initiate 
the cancellation because of possible 
riots and local objections. 

Hughes Prods., through former 
Gov. Charles Poletti, yesterday re- 
turned to the MPAA the original 
PCA certificate of approval issued 
for "The Outlaw," and instructed 
UA to substitute in each print the 
new credit title prepared to elim- 
i inate the facsimile seal. 

Universal in Market for 
20 to 25 Stories a Year 


capital of $20,000 in one dollar shares, 30 

subscribed, to deal In motion picture 

.ns. Incorporated at Albany by Warren Mil- 

: Salvador Nelson, Morris L. Singer. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Florence Odets, assistant to Poling. 
Poling said that New York was the 
most important cog of the story de- 

It was revealed that Bob Gold- 
stein's new post would be Eastern 
production executive, co-ordinating 
studio activities with New York. 

show where the plaintiffs and de- 
fendants differ and agree on the 
various proposals of the court for a 
final decree. 

Carl Danahey Stricken 

Carl Danahey, a member of the 
Warner home office tax department, 
died suddenly yesterday of a heart 
attack he suffered while in an eleva- 
tor. Danahey had been with the com- 
pany for over 25 years. 

Steiner Closing Deal 
For Studio Space Here 

Deal for Eastern studio facilities 
for the production of Broadcast Pic- 
tures' first feature, ' Rhythm Rhap- 
sodies," is reported in the closing 
stage. Broadcast, headed by Joseph 
Steiner, has already closed with De- 
Luxe Labs, to handle the lab. work 
on the pic, first of four Steiner has 
scheduled to be made at the rate of 
one a year. 

"Rhythm Rhapsodies," according 
to present plans, will be sent before 
the cameras in early 1947, with 
Steiner aiming for a January start. 
Pic is budgeted at $1,500,000. Lined 
up for the cast so far are Eleanor 
Powell, Norma Terriss, Gwen Barrie 
and Ann Lief. Harry Sosnick will 
write the music. 

Steiner, who will produce, has 
Russell Markert signed as co-pro- 
ducer. Others on the production side 
include Max Ree, William J. Kelly, 
Walter Hicks and Max Rothstein. 

U. S. Pix Lose Lead 
fo Mexican— Palacios 

(Continued from Page 1) 
cios — he is also a partner in the firm 
— pointed out that during the past 
three years the ratio of films ex- 
hibited were: American, 40 per cent; 
Mexican, 50 per cent; Argentine, 10 
per cent. Before 1943, films exhib- 
ited in his chain, Cines Unidos, were 
75 per cent American. Palacios 
said there were several reasons for 
the drastic drop; most important 
was the fact that Mexican producers 
have a better understanding of the 
Latin temperament: Venezuelans and 
their neighbors prefer films that tell 
a story; most of the fans like heavy 
drama; they detest love stories with 
saccharine endings; story should be 
logical in its development. 

Fed Up with War Stories 
Though Latins insist that films be 
earthy, real, and sometimes tragic, 
they are fed up with the flood of 
war pictures in recent years. On 
the other hand, our Good Neighbors 
strongly endorse nationalistic pic- 
tux'es, provided they are about South 
America. Recent Mexican film on 
Simon Bolivar was enthusiastically 
received all over Latin America. 

Increasing preference for Mexican 
product has no bearing on Venezu- 
elan attitude toward Americans. Pa- 
lacios insisted that his countrymen, 
as well as other South Americans, 
had a strong affection for their 
neighbors to the North. 

Two film companies have recently 
been formed in Venezuela: Atlas 
Films, a Mexican outfit; and Bolivar 
Films, a native outfit organized by 
Venezuelan financiers. So far Boli- 
var has pi'oduced three films, mostly 
of a documentary nature. Palacios 
did not show any of these, although 
they did prove popular in smaller 
theaters, and in the hinterland. 

Palacios exhibits product exported 
by M-G-M, 20th-Fox, WB and UA. 
Films with titles are usually shown 
in metropolitan areas; dubbed films 
in rural districts. 

Palacios' Own Complaint 
Palacios' own complaint against 
American films was mostly from 
the exhibitor's viewpoint. Since his 
theaters have three two-hour show- 
ings nightly, Monday through Fri- 
day, any feature over 100 minutes 
long plays hob with his schedule. 
On Saturdays, his theaters open at 
three o'clock; Sundays, the doors are 
open at nine in the morning. Pala- 
cios said there was no opposition 
from the clergy on the latter score. 
Top admission price at any of the 
theaters in the Cines Unidos cir- 
cuit is four bolivars (about $1.25) 
for premiere showing. Average ad- 
mission is about fifty cents, 10 per 
cent of which goes to the govern- 
ment. Latter, harried by newspa- 
pers, attempted to reduce admission 
prices but relented when exhibitors 
retorted that rental is 50 per cent of 
gross, taxes 10 per cent, leaving ex- 
hibitor only 40 per cent for overhead 
and profit. Rental is same for 
American or Mexican product. Ex- 
hibitors also argued that admission 
prices were not proportionately in- 
flated to rest of the economy. 

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SMPE to Hear of Projection, Lighting Advances 


4/ILLIAM C. STAHL, with National The- 

ij atre Supply for the last four years, is 

|9ving to become sales manager of The- 

jier Specialties, Inc., of Los Angeles, manu- 

turers of Bevelite, plastic marquee let- 

s. . . . • Irving Davis Co., Chicago, 

Inding machine, has added popcorn 

iuipment to its sales department. . . . 

Merrill F. Hanna, who has taken over 

le distribution of Guaranteed Flame- 

cofing in Michigan, reports two major 

litallations in Detroit, at the Hollywood 

'^ Mayfair Theaters. ...» Bell & 

!)well special reps, thruout the country 

\'i sponsoring free movie shows for Vet- 

■jSns Hospitals. ... • W. G. Milwain, 

'"merly sales manager of National The- 

'e Supply's Charlotte Branch, has been 

iinsferred to Kansas City, where he will 

yer Missouri and Eastern Kansas as sales 

gineer. ... • Bert Fisher, Milwaukee 

libitor, has purchased Delafield, Wis. 

iiperty for a new theater for fiis son, 

liter. ... • The American Legion is 

[tailing projection equipment in the Bison, 

, 'D. Legion Hall and plans to give shows 


'HE Krispy Korn Co. of Chicago has 

closed to install dry popping equip- 
nt in a national theater circuit, but 
mager Bill Jacobson is mum about 
• latter's identity. ... • /?. T. Ar- 
id, who is building a new 450-scater 
Mulberry, Fla., has revised the plans 

eliminate a balcony. ... • The 
ke Theater, Michigan City, hid., will 
tall a new glass front. ... • The 
fth Florida CPA advisory committee 

given the Florida Theater in Holly- 
od, Fla., the green light for installa- 
\i of a new $20,000 air conditioning 
tern. ... • Tri-States has opened 

own candy shop in a location next 
•>r to its newly-remodelled Strand 
'flater in Des Moines . .. .It is handling 
|s. Stevens line of candy. ... • Vic- 
I E. Olson has been appointed sales 
nager of the Receiver Sales Depart- 
;it of Allen B. Du Mont Laboratories, 
. it was announced by Ernest A. 
Tx, general manager of the Television 
<ision. . . .Before assuming his new 
t with Du Mont, Olson was Eastern 
•s manager of the Meissner manufac- 

ng division of Maguire Industries. 

Motiograph's New Profes- 
sional 35 mm. Projector to 
Be Discussed by Weinke 


IVcst Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — ^Improvements in pro- 
jection and lighting- will come in for 
considerable attention at the 60th 
semi-annual convention of the SMPE 
starting Monday and continuing 
through Friday, at the Hollywood- 
Roosevelt Hotel. 

Among the most interesting 
papers in the group will be "The 
Motiograph A A Projector," by Emil 
J. Weinke of iMotiograph, Inc., Chi- 
cago. This 'firm is marking its 
(Continued on Page 12) 

Australia to Waive 
Equip. Import Levies! 

Sydney (By Air Mail) — The 
Australian government, which was 
returned to power at the elections, 
will give "sympathetic considera- 
tion" to any proposal to assist local 
film production by waiving or reduc- 
ing import tariffs on essential equip- 
(Continued on Page 12) 

B & H 16 mm. Equip 
At Medical Conclave 

Chicago — The American Academy 
of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology 
employed only Bell Cr Howell 16 
mm. equipment for sh:wing medi- 
cal films during its annual 5-day 
conclave which closed last night at 
the Palmer House in Chicago, in ad- 
dition to the Filmosound and Fil- 
moarc projectors (plus a Filmo Slide 
Master for 2 x 2 transparencies) in 
use in the general sessions, a total 
of 18 additional Filmosounds and 28 
37 X 50" Radiant pr:jection screens 
were employed during the 212 in- 
structural sessions held between 

Victor's Canadian Disti'ib. 
Expands Regina Hdqts. 

16 mm. Professional 
Camera by Mitchell 

Hollywood — The Mitchell Cam- 
era Corp.'s new six-acre Glendale 
plant opened last night, with the 
event of the evening the unveiling 
of Mitchell's new 16 mm. professional 

Mitchell's plans for producing 35 
mm. and 16 mm. professional pro- 
jectors, and a line of cameras and 
projectors for home imovie makers, 
were also disclosed. 

General Films, Ltd., Canadian dis- 
tributors of Victor Animatophone 16 
mm. projectors and equipment, has 
recently expanded their Regina, Sas- 
katchewan, headquarters. The com- 
pany was organized in 1919, as the 
(Continued on Page 12) 

Strong on Arrangements 
For Toledo Equip. Parleys 

Toledo, O. — Harry H. Strong, pres- 
ident of the Strong Electric Co., has 
been named chairman of a local 
(Continued on Page 12) 

Materials Handling Expo, Set 

Exhibits to Include Film Industry Systems 

New Super-Snaplite Lens 
Achieves Speed of F/1.9 

Wider - angle projection, higher 
magnification and utmost image 
quality are said to be provided by the 
new f/1.9 iSuper-Snaplite projection 
lens developed by Kollmorgen Op- 
tical Corp of Brooklyn. Super-Snap- 
( Continued on Page 12) 

Methods of materials handling in 
the amusement industry will be on 
exhibit at the first national Materials 
Handling Exposition to be held at 
the Public Auditorium, Cleveland, 
Jan. 14-17. 

Systems and machinery for re- 
ceiving, loading, warehousing and 
shipping scenery, equipment, film 
(Continued on Page 12) 

Removal of Stabilization 
Lids, End of Wage Con- 
trols to Force Advances 

Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Washington — The accelerated fall- 
ing away of price controls means 
little immediate change in the price 
structure on new booth equipmant, 
according to Government expert.; 
here, although prices are bound to go 
up in the general trend now getting 
under way. It is not possible to guess 
at this point how much the prices of 
equipment items will be afi'ected — 
especially since tight controls are be- 
ing maintained on a number of raw 
materials and parts for the time 

Just about all items of exhibitor 
(Continued on Page 12) 

Projector Is Ready 

Minneapolis — Industrial Tool and 
Die Works, Inc., of this city, is mak- 
ing a new 16 mm. sound projector for 
visual education, selling and for 
communities where full-size theaters 
are impractical. Tests in the projec- 
tion room' of the firm show that syn- 
chronization between sound and ac- 
( Continued on Page 12) 

Ansco Introduces New 
Indiatone Portrait Paper 

Binghamton — A new Indiatone 
portrait projection paper with ex- 
traordinary latitude and unusual 
warm-tone characteristics is an- 
( Continued on Page 12) 

Zion to Get Movies 
After Long, Long Wait 

Zion, III. — The Dunes Theater, 
owned by Joe Sikes, will open this 
month. This city, home of the 
Zionists, for many years refused to 
allow a theater. A referendum, how- 
ever, gave the "go ahead" signal to 
Sikes for the 750-seat house, which 
is National Theatre Supply-equipped 
and also has American BodiForm 



Friday, October 18, 19^ 


Weinke to Address SMPEMeet 

Will Discuss New Motiograph Projector 

A Section of THE FILM DAILY compre- 
hensively covering the equipment industry, pub- 
lished every second week by Wid's Films and 
Film Folks, Inc., 1501 Broadway, New York 
City. John W. Alicoate. Publisher; Donald 
M. Mersereau, Associate Publisher and Gen- 
eral Manager; Chester B. Bahn, Editor; West 
Coast Bureau, 6425 Hollvwood Boulevard, 
Hollywood, Cal., Ralph Wilk. Bureau Chief. 

End of Controls to 
Up Equipment Costs 

(Continued from Page 11) 
equipment for projection and sound 
projection are now free from price 
controls. The supply situation on most 
35 mm. booth equipm.ent is consid- 
ered fairly good in comparison with 
many other types of industrial equip- 

Definitely looked for is a rise in 
booth equipment price schedules as 
soon as the stabilization lids on steel 
and other basic materials are re- 
moved, and as soon as the expected 
relaxation of wage controls becomes 

Ansco Introduces New 
Indiatone Portrait Paper 

(Continued from Page 11) 

nounced by the Ansco Division of 
General Aniline and Film Corp. 

Initial shipments of the new India- 
tone in popular sizes and packed in 
one-half gross and 500-unit lots have 
already been shipped to the division's 
branch offices throughout the United 
States and Canada. Dozen-size pack- 
ages will be available later in the 
Fall when production of this new 
material will have been stepped up, 
sales officials said. 

Although the new Indiatone is an 
enlarging paper intended primarily 
for portrait use, it also can be used 
for contact printing. 

Strong on Arrangements 
For Toledo Equip. Parleys 

(Continued from Page 11) 
arrangements committee for the 
joint convention of the Theater 
Equipment & Supply Manufacturers 
Assn. and the Theater Equipment & 
Supply Dealers Protective Assn., to 
be held here Nov. 8 to 11. Head- 
quarters and sessions will be in the 
Commodore Perry and Secor Hotels, 
across the street from each other. 
An exhibit of post-war theater equip- 
ment will be held in the Secor Hotel 
ballroom during the convention. 

fiftieth anniversary by offering a 
completely new professional 35 mm. 
projector mechanism design based 
on half a century of experience plus 
careful studies of all previous de- 
signs and a comprehensive field sur- 
vey of the features desired by pro- 
jectionists and theater owners. 
New Design Features 
Prominent design features of the 
new machine are the cast stream- 
lined housing with integral center 
frame, the twin-rotor double rear 
shutter within the housing cutting 
the light beam simultaneously from 
top and bottom only two inches from 
the aperture, a new oil-less lubrica- 
tion system requiring only semi- 
annual attention, a newly designed 
film gate assembly opening forward 
a full inch for easy threading and 
with an instantly adjustable ifilm ten- 
sion control, an illuminated second- 
ary threading aperture, and an ex- 
tremely rigid and accurately aligned 
lens mount easily adjustable for 
precision focusing. 

The intermittent movement is 
quickly movable from the operating 
side and a new taper pin and steel 
ball sprocket anchoring system per- 
mits all sprockets to he easily re- 
versed or replaced without mechan- 
ism dis-assembly. Film tension 
shoes, tracks and aperture are like- 
wise almost instantly removable for 
cleaning. The intermittent move- 
ment shafts vertically in a V-rail 
supporting carriage for framing and 
the control carries a dial to indicate 
framing position. Liberal use of the 
latest and best steel and aluminum 
alloys for parts and precision ma- 
chining throughout the mechanism 
insure excellent and efficient per- 
foi'mance, low operating cost and 
long life. Weinke will deliver his 
paper on Monday afternoon. 

Arc Lamp Developments 
Another paper, "Recent Develop- 
ments of Super High Intensity Arc 
Lamps," by F. C. Coates and M. A. 
Bankings, Mole - Richai'dson Co., 
Hollywood, will define the terms used 
to describe various arc lamps, such 
as flame arc, low intensity arc, high 
intensity arc and super high inten- 
sity arc. It will cover the require- 
ments of the industry which call for 
the development of new super high 
intensity arc lamps and will descr-ibe 

(Continued from Page 11) 

the experimental arc lamp on which 
the preliminary development work is 
carried forward. It also will cover 
the results of various experiments 
and tests of super high intensity 
carbons using both water-cooled and 
air-cooled lamp heads for the posi- 
tive and negative carbons, as well as 
give a description of the lamp de- 
veloped for background projection 
work and the new 225 ampere lamp 
to be used for photography on the 

Other lighting and projection top- 
ics on the SMPE schedule include 
"Screen Illumination With Carbon 
Arc Motion Picture Projection Sys- 
tems," by R. J. Zavesky, C. J. Ger- 
tiser and W. W. Lozier of National 
Carbon Co., Fostoria, 0.; "A Pro- 
jection Reel of Improved Design," by 
Ellsworth S. Miller, Detail Produc- 
tion Co., Detroit; "Calculation of 
Scanning Loss Resulting From De- 
pature From Correct Focus," by E. 
W. Kellogg, RCA Victor, Camden, 
and a few more. 

Austrian on Tele 

Also of particular interest to the 
exhibition field will be the paper, 
"The Showmanship of Theater Tele- 
vision" to be presented Thursday 
night by Ralph B. Austrian of RKO 
Television Corp., New York. He will 
discuss the possibilities of theater 
television strictly from the box-office 
viewpoint. A compilation of the 
many events which would piake good 
box-office fare will be cited. 

New ITDW 16 mm. 
Projector Is Ready 

(Continued from Page 11) 

tion is perfect. Amplification is mc 
than that required for a 4,(^"'^-se 
auditorium. The complete u(g(. ,vi 
speaker and case weighs le^J. th< 
50 pounds. The firm has enten 
into a contract with a national! j 
known concern which will put tl 
projectors on the market in quantit , 

Materials Handling 
Exposition Jan. 14-17 

(Continued from Page 11) 

prints and the like will ba shown. 
A program of prepared papers ai 
panel discussions will be feature 
On exhibition will be hoists, hoi 
mountings, cranes, derricks, conve; 
ors, hand and power trucks, skic 
and pallets, tractors and trailers. 

Aussie Gov't to Waive 
Equip. Import Tariffs 

(Continued from Page 11) 

ment, it is learned. No general po" 
icy will be laid down but each prop< 
sition will be dealt with on ii 
merits. I 

Victor's Canadian Distrib. 
Expands Regina Hdqts. 

(Continued from Page 11) 
Regina Photo Supply, Ltd., a small 
photo-finishing shop, by the late H. 
A. Atkinson of Regina. It is now the 
largest company of its kind in 

Under the direction of S. C. Atkin- 
son, son of the founder, General 
Films has offices also in Vancouver, 
Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and 

New Super-Snaplite Lens 
Achieves Speed of F/1.9 

(Continued from Page 11) ' 

lite lenses are made in focal lengtl 
from 2" through 5" mVi" steps. TH 
exceptional speed of f/1.9 is main 
tained in all these sizes, it is said, 




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%I I ~} n I ||£kc ■ Columbus, Miss. — huneral services will be \\e\d here today tor hdward L. Kuykendall, t)^, former 

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Day Co. Files to Appear In Court on Bidding Plan 

l^ounsel for Day Sets 
forth Five Results the 
Ian Would Bring About 

Notice of intention of" asking 
armission to appear in Federal 
ourt as amicus curiae was filed 
ff attorneys Friday in behalf of 
oseph P. Day. Inc., the auctioneer- 
ig firm which recently outlined a 
.Lan by which it would conduct the 
jjction bidding for motion pictures 
s enunciated in the court's opinion 

the New York equity case. 

The petition sets forth a five-part 
■ogram in connection with its pro- 
(Continued on Page 3) 

lew Firm to Make 
;iperali( Classics 

'Opera Film Company has been 
rmed for the sole purpose of film- 
g the operatic classics, it was an- 
unced Friday. 

Arthur W. Kelly, long-time v.-p. 
UA, and now producing on his 
/n is a board member of the new 
ganization. Other members of the 
ard are: Lasar Kipnis, continental 
oducer: Henri Leiser, French pro- 
( Continued on Page 6) 

ounter Suit is Planned 
Y Nomikos in Chicago 

Chicago — Van A. Nomikos an- 
unced Friday that he had re- 
ined Seymour Simon, formerly of 
2 Department of Justice, to defend 
i suit brought against the Nomi- 
s circuit on percentage fraud 
(Continued on Page 3) 

Ash Aid in Shipping 
Of Filnts in Europe 

State Department aid in trans- 
porting film in European countries 
may be aslced by American film com- 
panies. Difficulties in transportation 
have prevented efficient distribution. 
It was learned that the British had 
overcrme transportation problems by 
I including films in diplomatic pouches. 


Netherlands Inventor Contends Device is Adaptable To 
Natural Color Films and Television 

Stanislav Burianek, Netherlands 
inventor, has perfected a new appa- 
ratus for the exhibition of motion 
picture films in three dimensions, 
according to information received 
from the American Embassy at The 
Hague. The apparatus is said to be 
adaptable to natural-color films and 
television and, according to the in- 
ventor, its simple design keeps con- 
struction costs at a minimum. 

The device, as now developed, is 
evidently installed on the back of 
each seat in the theater auditorium. 
This arrangement, the inventor 
claims, eliminates the need for ex- 
pensive apparatus and devices, such 
as colored glasses, prisms, mirrors, 
and visors, which the spectator would 
otherwise have to hold before his 
eyes. Another advantage claimed for 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Prospective Intervenors 
To Be Heard Today; De- 
cree Arguments Tomorrow 

Film Service Co. 
Asks 25% Rate Jump 

Albany — Smith & Howell Film 
Service, Inc. is seeking authority 
from the public service commission 
to increase its commodity rates on 
film deliveries by 25 per cent. 

The change of program rate would 
be increased by this amount, and the 
return rate of the used film by a cor- 
responding percentage. 

Francis E. Smith, traffic manager 
of the film delivery concern, pre- 
sented evidence of increased costs of 
operation to justify the increases 

No representative of any film ex- 
change or motion picture theater or 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Morros and Le Baron 
For Eastern Studio 

Encouraged by the availability of 
production facilities and skilled tech- 
nical workers in New York, and 
mindful of a delay which their forth- 
coming musical production, "Carmen 
From Kenosha," may encounter if 
the shooting schedule were set up 
for "strike-ridden" Hollywood, Pro- 
ducers Boris Morros and William Le 
Baron, of Federal Films, Inc., are 
now seeking permanent studio quar- 
ters here. 

Morros and Le Baron have just 
completed their "Carnegie Hall," 
which was produced in its entirety 
in -New York 'City. With the excep- 
tion of certain key executives, no 
(Continued on Page 6) 

No IT. JiT. Interest in Rank Cos, 

Except as They Give Work, Add to Taxes 

C. Scott Fletcher Heads 
Britannica Films, Inc. 

C. Scott Fletcher, executive direc- 
tor of the Committee for Economic 
Development, and former general 
sales manager of the Studebaker 
Corp., has been elected president of 
Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc., 
(Continued on Page 6) 


Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Washington — Sharply disclaiming 
any direct Government interest in 
the film enterprises of J. Arthur 
Rank, the British Embassy Friday 
refused to make any forecasts re- 
garding the future for Ameiican 
films in Britain. 

A series of five questions regard- 
ing British-American pix relations 
(Continued on Page 6) 

The New York equity case moves 
into its final phases this week when 
the Statutory Court hears motions 
to intervene by exhibitor associa- 
tions and arguments on the proposed 
final decree. 

Today, organizations and individ- 
uals will move formalb' for leave to 
intervene and enter the case via 
amicus curiae. These groups include 
American Theaters Association, Con- 
federacy of Southern Associations, 
Conference of Independent Exhibitors 
(Continued on Page 3) 

ZOth-Fox Buying Into 
Jenkins Mex. Houses 

Mexico City — Deal under which 
20th-Fox will purchase a partnership 
in Guillermo Jenkins' 80 theaters in 
Mexico will be consummated when 
Charles Skouras, head of National 
Theaters, arrives in this city next 
month, it was revealed by Joseph M. 
(Continued on Page 3) 

Overwhelming Opposition 
To Auction in ATA Poll 

The American Theaters Associa- 
tion announced Friday the final tab- 
ulation of its poll of exhibitors on' 
approval . of ATA'^ intervening on 
"auction selling." 

ATA canvassed 16,000 theaters be- 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Expect Green Light 
For ''The Outlaw'* 

Belief that the New York Supreme 
Court will give the green light to 
the showing of "The Outlaw" to- 
day was expressed in industry cir- 
cles\ at the week-end. Harry Brandt 
and Arthur Mayer are scheduled to 
.appear this morning before Justice 
Louis A. Valente to show cause why 
they cancelled the showing of the 
picture in three Broadway houses. 

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Columbia Picts 25 241/2 25 

East. Kodak 210 210 210 —1 

Gen. Prec. Eq 26 26 26 — Va 

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RKO 17 165', 17 _ Vb 

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Radio-Keith cvs. . . . 5% SV, 534 

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Technicolor 16Vj 163/, 163/,— Vo 

Trans-Lux 434 43^ 43^ — % 


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Pathe Industries '. 7 8 

Cinecolor 63,^ 634 

Columbia Dividend 

Columbia Pictures Corp. announced 
Friday that the board of directors at 
its meeting held Thursday, declared 
a quarterly dividend of $1.06i/i per 
share on the $4.2.5 cumulative pre- 
ferred stock of the company, pay- 
able Nov. 15, 1946. to stockholders 
of record Nov. 1, 1946. 

cominG nno Goinc 

SPYROS P. SKOURAS, president of 20th Cen- 
tury-Fox, left Friday for Chicago. 

HARRY H. THOMAS, president of PRC, will 
leave New York for Hollywood tomorrow, on 
a routine visit to the West Coast studio. 

JOSEPH M. MOSKOWiTZ returns today from 
the Coast and leaves shortly for Europe. 

NORMAN H. MOPAY, WB short subject 
sales manager, left Hollywood yesterday for 
Warner meetings in San Francisco, Portland 
and Seattle exchanges. He will visit Canadian 
branches en route East. 

CHARLES C. MOSKOWITZ, vice-president 
and treasurer of Loew's is due from the Coast 
today as is M. L. Simons, editor of M-C-M's 
The Distributor, sales publication. 

GEORGE CENERALIS, trade paper contact at 
20th Centurv-Fox, left New York over the week- 
end for Chicago. He will return to the home 
office on Tuesday. 

of Motion Picture Ventures, Inc., are proceeding 
from Texas to San Francisco and subseauently 
to Los Angeles before returning to New York. 

PAT WALLACE, daughter of the late Edgar 
Wallace, and wi'e of A S. Frere, chairman of 
the British publishing firm, Heinemann's, was 
due to arrive in New York bv air frcm Lon- 
•^nn yesterday by Amcican Ove-seas Airlines. 
She will spend several weeks in this country on 
-. f-.ip-t !..,-(■ ,5 representative for the J. Arthur 
Rank Oreaniration. 

K'M HUNTER, the first Hollywood actress 
to make a picture in England under the new 
lend-lease agreement between J. Arthur Rank 

^n-^ A-^e'ir^n nrrH-'ro.'c ar-iyoc in N-^'v Y«r'- 

today en route to London to attend the Royal 
command performance of "Stairway to Heaven." 

^eidelmon to HoUvwood 
En Route to Far East 

S. L. Seidelman. foreio-n depart- 
ment hoqd for the New PRC, has left 
■•'or Hollywood en route to the Far 
East, on his first tour of inspection 
of that part of the world since join- 
I'nor the company early this past 

Seidelman will spend a few dav= 
at the studio, and on Oct. 24 will 
leave from S^in Francisco, bounrl 
for the Philinnine Islands. Bangkok 
*-he Federa<-ed Malqy S<-ates and 
the Dutch East Ind'ps. He will be 
Tone annroximatelv fivp weeks, dur- 
ins: which time he will investisrate 
r-ondiHons in th° film industry in the 
Far East and will ensaee in discus- 
sions rf^o^ardine distribution of the 
New_ PRC's product. 

Seidelman recentlv returned from 
a six-wpek trin tr> Europe, where he 
engaged in a similar survey. 

Mriver Metro Studio Head 
While Schenck is Prexy 

fVest Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Speaking at a lunch- 
pi^n in ^"■"or of Charlps Mosk'^witT: 
vice-nresident of Loew's, Inc., Loui' 
B. Mayer reiterated that he would 
remain studio head as long as 
Nicholas M. Schenck is president 
and that he had no intentions of 


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JACK KIRSCH will address the Allied meet- 
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will accompany him. 

GEORGE SHARE, of M-C-M's legal depart- 
ment, returned over the week-end from New 

HERBERT NUSBAUM, of M-C-M's legal de- 
partment is due to return today from a visit to 
Milwaukee, Chicago, Kansas City, Denver, Se- 
attle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. 

FRANK C. HENSLER, M-G-M district mana- 
ger, and FRANK J. DOWNEY, Detroit manager, 
have returned to the Auto City after home of- 
fice conferences. 

JOHN J. MAIONEY has returned to his Pitts- 
burgh headquarters after a series of home of- 
fice conferences. 

JOHN P. BYRNE, Eastern M-G-M sales mana- 
ger, and his assistant, PAUL J. RICHRATH, re- 
turn today from a week's trip to Boston and 
New Haven. 

JUNE LOCKHART has arrived in New York 
from Hollywood after completing her top ro- 
mantic role in Eagle-Lion's, "It's a Joke, Son!" 

FRED LARNED, Paramount's Dallas branch 
manager, returns home over the week-end after 
home office sales conference. 

RALPH AUSTRIAN president of RKO Tele- 
vision Corp., left Mexico City yesterday for 

BOB ENCEL, general sales manager for the 
DeVry Corp., has returned from a three-week 
business trip to the Pacific Ccast. 

RICHARD BRADY, manager of East Coast Di- 
vision of motion picture film department. East- 
nan Kodak Co., left by air Friday for Hollywood 
*o lonl< over production operations and attend 
the ?MPE convention. 

ARTHUR LEAZENBY, manager of the Cinema 
Theater, Detrcit, is spending a four-week 
vacation in California. 

MARIE WILSON arrived in New York by plane 

PAT SOMERSET. SAG reo. at the AFL con- 
vention, Chicago, has returned to the Coast. 

J. C. WILLING and A. GROVES, of Confiden- 
tial Reports, were in Chicago for week-end 

JANE WITHERS is in New Orleans to open a 
p. a. tour. 

Depinet to Meet Trade Press 

Ned E. Depinet, RKO executive 
vice-prexy, and Phil Reisman, vice- 
prexy in charge of foreign distribu- 
tion, will discuss the foreign situa- 
tion with members of the trade press 
today at 11 a.m. 


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in requirements of the 

Motion Picture Industry 

75 Maidrn Lane, New York 
510 W. 6th St Los Angeles 

Branch Working Both 
On Novel and Play 

Novelist Houston Branch, who ha- 
been here for the past two weeks 
conferring with his publishers Far- 
rar and Strauss, leave; for Boston on 
Monday to continue his quest fo)- 
data and information for his current 
novel, tentatively titled, "The Raid- 
ers," Novelist Frank Waters i^xMl- 
laborating with Branch. L<nterp'.s 
itinerary includes stops at Jfi\!h- 
mond, Va. and Nassau. 

Branch, who authored the original 
story, "The Big Hair Cut," which 
Paramount is now filming a; one or 
their biggest productions on this 
year's program, yesterday disclosed 
that he is also working on a play, 
"Feather In Her Crown," which he 
plans for a Broadway production 
sometime next year. 

E-L Names Mandell in Chi. 

Chicago — Harry Mandell, formerly 
of Film Classics, has been appointed 
district manager for Eagle-Lion in 
the Chicago area. 



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RIVOLI, B'way at 49th St. 

Monday, October 21, 1946 



ilage Set for Final 
iquity Proceedings 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Associations, Southern California 
"heater Owners Association, 


■IPTOA, Mosque Theater and others, 
appeared to be nothing to in- 
that the court would grant 
he motions but it is generally 
nown that the three judges are 
ware of the opposition to the pro- 
osed competitive bidding system. 
Tomorrow the judges are to hear 
rguments by plaintiff and defend- 
iits on the proposed decree which, 
nless appealed, will set up the pat- 
ern for the future operation of the 
lodon pictui-e industry. 
Supplemental Col. Memorandum 
A supplemental memorandum by 
olumbia was filed Friday. In this 
ocument, Columbia takes exception 
3 the Government's proposal to re- 
:rict selling to individual pictures 
nd the 25 per cent cancellation pro- 
visions, claiming that the smaller 
ompanies like Columbia will be af- 
ected adversely. 

Meanwhile, the Government filed 

.jmments on the defendants' pro- 

.osed findings, asserting that the 

-lajor defenaants had restated find- 

;>gs unfavorable to them and "cal- 

■alated to make judgment easier to 

Ittack on appeal." 

I Code's Primary Purpose 

E Arguing that the primary purpose 

'i an anii-trust proceeding is not to 

[\.y down a code for innocent parties, 

-at to enjoin the illegal practices of 

rongdoers, Thurman W. Arnold, of 

le Washington firm of Arnold and 

ortas, and Paul Williams, of Los 

r.geles, today will file a brief on 

ihalf of the American Theaters As- 

)ciation and the Southern Califor- 

a Theaters Association, with the 

. S. District Court. 

Brief objects only to the portion of 

le Statutory Court's opinion which 

ifoposed that defendant distribu- 

rs must sell all their pictures on 

Impetitive bids submitted by ex- 

Ibitors. Holding that the sugges- 

^Dn of competitive bidding violates 

lis fundamental principle, brief 

faims that in effect it would set up 

Iji administrative code to regulate 

Ve business of innocent independent 

:hibitors in a way to primarily 

!nefit the major producers who 

ere found guilty of violating the 

iiti-trust laws. 

Competition Among Indies 
Such a code would compel inde- 
mdent exhibs. to compete among 
emselves, bidding against one an- 
her in order to enhance the prices 
[lid to major producers, it is 


Oct. 21 

Eleanor Powell James Cardwell 

Walter Branson 

Vivian Blaine 

Here & There — 

• • • SOCIAL NOTE: Monogram tossed another smasheroo oi a 

reception for Renie Riano on Friday Renie is the Maggie oi 

"Bringing Up Father" and in keeping with the Jiggs and Maggie tradi- 
tion, each guest was presented with a corned beef sandwich and a 

miniature rolling pin We understand the Warwick Hotel kept two 

scouts busy combing the meat markets ior enough oi the required corned 

beef and that was no easy task,.... The roster oi guests looked 

like the Who's Who of the New York joumolistic fraternity and the old 

expression "a good time was had by all" was right on the nose 

They'll be talking about this one for a long time to come and Tub- 
Thumper Madeleine White rates an orchid ior a swell show. . . . 

• The Capitol Theater on Broadway this week is celebrating its 27th 

anniversary In fact, it was on Oct. 24, 1919. that the theater 

opened its doors ior the first time Tempus fugit. ... • Brandt's 

Atlantic Playhouse in Brooklyn will play host to delegates of the United 
Nations general assembly which has been invited to attend a UN film 

festival scheduled ior three days starting Tuesday A iour-hour 

program vtrill include films from England, Russia, France. China and the 
United States. ... • First public performance oi the musical score oi 
"Carnival in Costa Rica" was rendered Friday at a cocktail party ior 
Ernesto Lecuono who wrote it for Fox — Shindig was at Sherry's. . . . 

• Ernest Hemingway caught a glimpse of "The Killers," which he 

wrote, in Idaho last week Said Hemingway: "I was thrilled with 

'The Killers' and am proud of the way Mark Hellinger has brought my 
original story to the screen" 

Counter Suit is Planned 
By Nomikos in Chicago 

(Continued from Page 1) 

charges by six major companies and 
-hat lie had instructed Simon to pre- 
pare a complaint against the com- 
panies on the grounds of illegal re- 
straints allegedly imposed on exhibi- 
.ion in Chicago. 

Prior to his service in the U. S. 
Navy, Simon was a special attorney 
.n the motion picture section of the 
Anti-Trust Division of the Depart- 
ment of Justice. 

"Clementine" Scores in S.F. 

San Francisco — An 18-year box- 
office record for the Fox Theater was 
set by 2Qth Century-Fox's "My 
Darling Clementine," John Ford's 
western, which had its world pre- 
miere here Thursday. On opening 
day the picture grossed $10,242, sur- 
passing greatly any other figure on 
such top pictures as 'Anna and the 
King of Siam," "Nob Hill" and "Sara- 
toga Trunk." 

lATSE to Take Over 
Technicians Local 683 

claimed. Situation is aggravated, 
brief points out, by the fact that 
there are not enough pictures to go 
around, creating a seller's market. 

In this situation, brief holds, com- 
petitive bidding can only result in 
destroying the weaker independents 
and compelling the formation of 
chains with adequate bargaining 
power to meet the situation. In this 
way, it is argued, competitive bid- 
ding would create more discrimina- 
tion and greater monopoly. 

IVest Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — With the hearing of 
officials of Film Technicians Local 
683 resulting in the union being or- 
dered taken over by lATSE, John 
Martin, 683's business agent, said, 
"the decision has not changed the 
situation in any respect. Local 683 
still is functioning at the same stand. 
The membership is solidly behind its 
own decision." 

Roy M. Brewer, lATSE interna- 
tional representative here, this after- 
noon said: "Local 683 now is under 
the supervision of lATSE. All funds 
are automatically frozen and any 
use of such funds by former officers 
is illegal and accountable to Presi- 
dent Richard F. Walsh and the 
lATSE. Wahh shortly will appoint a 
permanent officer to take charge of 
the local. At that time formal notice 
will be given former officers." 
Situation at the Labs. 
Laboratory situation Friday was 
reported to be as follows: Columbia 
laboratory is working; 20th-Fox is 
open again; M-G-M, which ordin- 
arily has about 165, has over 100 
people back on the job, with more 
coming in; Consolidated opened Fri- 
day with 30 people on the job, and 
more coming back; Paramount pro- 
cessing is 100 per cent; Technicolor 
had about 60 technicians back, only 
working on black-and-white; Pathe 
and Consolidated were working with 
5'0 per cent of employes back on the 
job; Warners is working. 

Day Files to Appear 
In Court on Audion 

(Continued from Page 1) 

posal, and states the Day Co., in con- 
junction with persons familiar with 
the film industry, has made a care- 
ful study of the court's auction-sell- 
ing opinion. 

The petition to appear before the 
court sets forth that this study re- 
sulted in a plan which, proponents 
believe, will adequately and suffi- 
ciently carry out the purposes of the 
court as set forth in its opinion of 
June 11 last. 

The plan, as previously published, 
proposes the establishment of a na- 
tion-wide organization for the fair 
and impartial licensing of motion 
pictures upon the basis of accepted 
principles of distribution. 

Five-Part Program 

It is anticipated, specifically, that 
the plan, if and when it is put into 
operation, would bring about the 
following five results: 

"(1) In conjunction with the ex- 
isting or newly organized methods 
of arbitration, it would result in 
supervision over qualified persons 
purchasing license rights for the ex- 
hibition of motion pictures, over 
terms of the contracts of sale there- 
of, and over the property of the 

"(2) The elimination of the price 
fixing which has been condemned by 
the court. 

"(3) The control and/or elimina- 
tion of clearances as each situation 
may require, in accordance with the 
formula laid down by the court. 

"(4) The elimination of formula 
deals, 'pooling' agreements and dis- 
crimination among licensees. 

"(5) In conjunction with duly 
constituted arbitration authorities, it 
would also eliminate the evils of 

20lh-Fox Buying Into 
Jenkins Mex. Houses 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Schenck, 20th-Fox executive produc- 
tion head, on his arrival. Schenck 
refused to say how much capital the 
deal involved. 

Jenkins' theaters are located in 
Mexico City, Vera Cruz, Puebla, 
Guadalajara and other Mexican cities. 
About a year and a half ago, 20th- 
Fox purchased a partnership in the 
circuit of theaters operated in Mon- 
terrey by the Rodriguez Brother;. 


Portsmouth, N. H. — Eleanor T. 
Dowdell, daughter of Harry L. Dow- 
dell, local theater manager, became 
the bride of Sgt. Gerald P. Kelliher, 


of blasting action and tough-guy 
loving — to pin the murder rap 
on one of the ten beautiful 
brunette suspects in sensa- 
tional playboy slayings! 





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Monday, October 21, 1946 

Fletcher President 
Of Britannica Films 

(Continued from Page 1) 

it was announced at the week-end. 

Fletcher succeeds E. H. Powell, 
president since 1943, who is now 
chairman of its board of directors. 
Powell is also president of the En- 
cyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. 

Other executivej of the instruc- 
tional films company will continue 
their present duties. The are: Dr. V. 
C. Arnspiger, ex- 
ecutive vice-pres- 
ident; Dr. Melvin 
Brodshaug, vice- 
p resident in 
charge of re- 
' search; James A. 
Brill, vice - presi- 
dent in charge of 
production; H. R. 
Lissak, vice-pres- 
ident in charge of 
domestic sales, 
and Dr. Theodore 
M. Switz, vice- 
p resident in 
charge of over- 
seas sales. 

Under Fletch- 
er's presidency Encyclopaedia Britan- 
nica Films plans a large-scale pro- 
gram of expansion and intensifica- 
tion of all its visual educational 
activities. The impetus given to vis- 
ual education by the Army and Navy 
during the war have effectively 
shown the great po-sibilities of mo- 
tion pictures for instructional pur- 
poses, Fletcher said. 

While Encyclopaedia Britannica 
Films already has the largest library 
of instructional films in the world, it 
plans as the first point in its ex- 
panded program to increase its 
yearly rate of production of nBw 
teaching films from the present 24 
films a year to between 42 and 52 
annually, Fletcher announced. This 
increase in production will be linked 
with programs to boost the actual 
uiilization of instructional films in 
grade and high schools and in uni- 


Carnow UA Press Book Ed. 

Howard N. Carnow, a member of 
Wai'ners' press book stafi" since 1940, 
has been appointed press book ed- 
itor for United Artists, succeeding 
Leon Roth, promoted to promotion 
manager, it is announced by Paul N. 
Lazarus. Appointment is eff'ective 
Nov. 4. 


DONALD LEWIS. )R., operator, Rosedale The- 
ater, Detroit. 

0. N. BARD, manager of the Rialto and Rex 
Theaters, for Hall lndust:ies, Sinton, Tex. 

VINC NT TRIPODI, from student assistant at 
Lcew's Esquire. Toledo, to assistant Loew's 
Valentine, Toledo. 

SAM CASCIO, personnel director, Hallicrafters 
Co., Chicago. 


Netherlands Inventor Contends Device is Adaptable To 
Natural Color Films and Television 

(Continued from Page 1) 

he apparatus is that it rectifies 
jrrors caused by color blindness. 

The Embassy reports that Buri- 
anek is prepared to demonstrate his 

nvention to experts and other inter- 
,'sted persons in the film industry in 

he United States and in order to 
display it to the best advantage, he 
proposes to adapt it to a series of 
latural "stereofilms" showing such 

subjects of natural beauty as Yellow- 
stone National Park, the Grand Can- 
yon, and Niagara Falls. 

According to the inventor, Russian 
experts have made considerable 
progress in developing three-dimen- 
sional projection. However, he claims 
that the simplicity and adaptability 
to large scale projections of • this 
method make it superior to Russian 

New Firm to Make 
Operatic Classics 

(Continued from Page 1) 

lucer; and Alexander S. Basil, ex- 
ecutive officer of U. iS. Hubber Co. 

Alexander Kipnis, president of 
Jpera Film, explained, "We are not 
planning, in any sense, a photo- 
graphed opera. The music will be 
reed from the crippling limitations 
and fixed patterns of the traditional 
jperatic stage form." 

Dr. Ludwig Berger, who was a 
.eading producer-director for pre- 
.^lazi UFA, will serve in the same 
apacity on Mozart's "Don Gio- 
/anni," company's first production, 
oudgeted at $2,000,000. 

Berger did "The Vagabound King" 
_'or Paramount and "The Thief of 
3agdad" for UA. Producer-director 
-s also noted for having devised trick 
of using sound track playback while 

Will File to Lift Ban 
On French Pic "Amok' 

Distinguished Pictures, distribu- 
tors of "Amok," French film, will 
ale an appeal in N. Y. Supreme Court 
early this week in an effort to have 
the ban of the N. Y. State Board 
of Regents lifted. 

The Regents Board after viewing 
the' picture reported it to be "in- 
decent, immoral" and "would tend to 
:orrupt morals and tend to incite to 
crime." The film is based on a story 
by Stefan Zweig. 

A representative of the American 
Civil Liberties Union attended a 
screening last Friday'and stated that 
Morris Ernst, president of the or- 
ganization, was interested in the 
case and would offer the Union's 
facilities as a friend of the court. He 
also said the Union would take the 
ca^e to the U. S. .Supreme Court if 

The film has been passed by the 
Boston cen;ors and is now showing 
there. It has also been presented 
without censorial interrnption in 
various cities of Ohio. Bookings are 
also reported for the Herbert Bose- 
ner Circuit of California. 

Morros and Le Baron 
or Eastern Studio 

(Continued from Page 1) 

help was imported from Hollywood, 
making it the first important motion 
picture to be made here in a decade. 
The film editing is now being done 
in local laboratories, an important 
factor since the Hollywood labora- 
tory technicians are the latest screen 
workers to remain outside the picket 
lines, making impossible the develop- 
ment, printing or editing of Holly- 
wood produced films. 

"We have learned through our ex- 
perience in producing 'Carnegie Hall' 
-hat motion picture making is no 
longer an exclusive Hollywood under- 
.aking," Producers iMorros and Le 
Baron said. ' We found here every 
requirement for our work in the way 
of skilled technicians, available ex- 
a'a and acting talent and the finest 
photographic and sound recording 
equipment. In addition to that, there 
is a wealth of new location sites on 
cap within a short distance of New 
York and in the city itself." 

Another factor in the decision of 
Morros and Le Baron to move their 
activities to New York is the recent 
3xpansion of independent production, 
which has overtaxed all existing 
rental studio facilities in Hollywood. 

Morros and Le Baron have already 
started surveying several large 
warehouse buildings and former war 
plants on and near Manhattan with a 
view of converting one or more into 
sound stages. Since no structural 
changes would be necessary and any 
alterations would be concerned with 
installation of lighting- equipment, 
which is already available, they ex- 
pect to encounter practically no de- 
cays. This would mean that their 
"Carmen From Kenosha" production 
could go before the cameras in a 
matter of weeks. 

Film Service Company 
Asks 25 P.C. Rate Jump 

(Continued from Page 1) 

circuit was present at the hearing. 

Hearing was held by V. M. Par- 
;hall, hearing examiner. Decision of 
the commission was reserved. 

No Direct Gov't 
Interest in Rank Cos. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

had been prepared by this reporter 
for Sir Hugh Dalton, Chancellor of 
the Exchequer and former head of 
the British Board of Trade. Pulton 
excused himself from answerritei^ 

OflScials of the British InfornfS«on 
Service explained that Dalton 
claimed films were not his field. 
Unofficial Replies 

Replies to three of the five ques- 
tions were prepared last week, with 
an explanation that they may not be 
"ascribed to any official authority," 
just an expression of the best opin- 
ion available. 

The first question was, "In 
general, what is the future for 
United States motion pictures in 
Great Britain? Will there be more 
or less restrictions on the showing 
of United States pictures, more or 
less taxes on United States compa- 

The reply was that "it is not pos- 
sible to make any definite forecast 
on the future for American motion 
pictures in Great Britain. Nothing 
can be said about possible change.? 
in restrictions and entertainment 
taxes in Britain. These are largely 
a matter of the fiscal policy of suc- 
cessive annual finance acts." 

No reply was received to the fol- 
lowing questions, specifically: (1) 
"Do you anticipate any change in', 
exhibitors' quota now in force when 
the present law expires in 1948, or 
before the law expires? (2) Do 
you foresee abolition within the next 
three years of Great Britain's quota 
for distributors, which thus far has* 
promoted United States production, 
in Great Britain, or any change in 
present quotas ? " 

Of Value to the Nation 

A reply was given to the next 
question: "Does the British govern- 
ment, either directly or indirectly, 
have any financial interest in the J. 
Arthur Rank organization?" 

"The British Government has no 
direct interest in the Rank organi- 
zation," the Embassy wrote. "Their 
indirect interest is in the value of 
the organization to the public well- 
being; i.e., in the employment it 
gives, the taxable earnings it dis- 
tributes, the opportunity for public 
revenue it affords, and the great im- 
portance of increased exports from 
the United Kingdom in easing the^ 
exchange position and so putting the 
United Kingdom in a position to 
maintain or increase imports from 
abroad, including films." 


ROSEMARY MAZZA, stenographer, Columbia,^ 

Des Moines. 
BARBARA ROGERS, secretary to Art Stolte, Tri- 

States district manager, Des Moines. 
VIRGINIA BUELL, from Republic's booking 

dept., C eveland, to secretary to Colum-| 

bia branch manager Oscar Ruby. 
ELIZABETH OCHS, cashier, Court, Newark. 

N. J. 

ilonday, October 21, 1946 



IMPE Opens Coast 
onvention Today 

finest Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — The scientific and tech- 
|.cal brains of the motion picture 
idustry assembled here this morn- 
;i.g for the opening of the first Pa- 
l^'viast convention of the Society 
K — ^ion Picture Engineers since 
18 close of the war. 
The convention, which is the six- 
€th semi-annual gathering of 
MPE and, according to William C. 
unzmann, convention vice-presi- 
Bnt, the richest and most varied in 
rogram material that the society 
as ever held, will open at 12.30 
-clock this afternoon with a get-to- 
ether luncheon in the California 
oom of the Hollywood-Roosevelt 
ptel, convention headquarters. 
: Bryon Price, wartime chief of the 
government's censorship program 
.nd chairman of the board of the 
ssociation of Motion Picture Pro- 
,:jcers as well as vice-president of 
'le Motion Picture Association of 
merica, will be guest of honor and 
idncipal speaker at the luncheon, 
avid Street, Twentieth Century-Fox 
neing star, will be guest vocalist. 
: The ini^ial technical session, start- 
;,.g at 2 o'clock, will feature a report 
;.sf Lt. Col. Richard J. Cunningham, 
/'i.e., USAAF in the important role 
: motion pictures in the recent 
-omic bomb tests at Bikini, and a 
scussion of national and interna- 
,;ional standardization programs of 
\[ie American Standards Associa- 
on by J. W. McNair, of ASA. Other 
,,apers at this session will deal with 
?reen illumination, sound recording, 

i,)verwhelmino Oonosition 
o Auction in ATA Poll 

s (Continued from Page 1) 

Inning Sept. 15 and the final result? 
■^present approvimately a 25 per 
I'ent return, indicating an aroused 
;: pinion on the part of exhibitors 
[-•iroughout the country. 
i, A total of 3.878 cards were re- 
iijrned with 3,689 approving and 189 
[■isapproving ATA's action — 95 per 
Bnt for interventir'n and 5 ner cer + 
ijgainst, or approving "auction sell- 

l;' Of the 3,878 returned cards only 

p per cent were ATA member;. The 

jiiajority of ATA's members assumeri 

pat the action having been approved 

f^nd started there was no need for 

l,i€m to reply. 

The view of ATA's membership 

lus the expressed position of non- 

lember exhibitors indicate that the 

nown opposition to "auction sell- 

)!ig" would extend to at least 9,989 


ATA officials stated that the re- 
jjrn of 3,878 cards out of the 16,000 
jiailed is, in the opinion of prom- 
aent poll takers, an extraordinarily 
'igh percentage of returns and indi- 
;ates fever heat of interest in the 

'ilmack Gets Fox Music 

, Filmack Trailers of Chicago has 
Jst signed a new contract with the 
■am Fox Music Publishing Co. of 
lew York. 

Name Bennin Metro Mgr. 
Of St. Louis Exchange 

William F. Rodgers, vice-president 
and general sales manager for 
M-G-M, has announced the promo- 
tion of Herbert J. Bennin, who has 
been with the company in various 
capacities for the past 18% years, to 
'he post of manager for the St. Louis 
branch. He succeeds J. Frank Will- 
ingham who has been given a leave 
of absence due to illness. 

Bennin started in 1928 as a pos- 
':er clerk in the company's Chicago 
exchange and subsequently was pro- 
moted to short subjects booker and 
assistant cashier. In December, 
1932, Bennin was transferred to the 
Milwaukee office as booker, this pro- 
motion being followed by another 
four years later when he was moved 
':o the St. Louis branch as salesman. 
Tn 1943, he entered the service and in 
September 1944, was honorably dis- 
charged and returned to his St. Louis 
Tost as salesman. In June, this year, 
le was named acting branch manager 
^or this exchange when Willingham 
lecame ill. He supervised operations 
if the St. Louis branch until his offi- 
nal appointment as branch manager. 

Process Rep. Trucolor 
On Safety Film 

Herbert J. Yates, president of Re- 
public Pictures Corp., announces an 
additional appropriation of $1,600,- 
000 for immediate laboratory ex- 
pansion in Republic's Fort Lee, N. J., 
and Hollywood plants, to handle the 
printing of its perfected Trucolor 
process on a new type of safety film. 

The processing of all Trucolor 
prints on safety film is an important 
advance in Trucolor research, Yates 
stated, and will allow greater lati- 
tude in the handling and projection 
of Trucolor prints. 

Yates also reported that the Tru- 
color process is owned exclusively 
by Republic, and that patents have 
been applied for in all countries 
where American copyrights are rec- 

He announced also that the in- 
creased laboratory facilities will 
permit expansion of Trucolor pro- 
ductions on Republic's 1946-47 pro- 
gram, with at least 18 features 
and six short subjects scheduled to 
be processed in the new Trucolor on 
safety film. 

and projection. 

Papers on tonight's program in- 
clude "A Preliminary Report from 
the Academy Research Council Sub- 
Committee on Blue-Sensitive Photo- 
cells" by L. T. Goldsmith, chairman, 
and "A Combination Scoring, Re-re- 

cording, and Preview Studio" by D. 
J. Bloomberg and W. 0. Watson, of 
Republic Studios, and Michael Ret- 
tinger, of the Hollywood engineer- 
ing staff of RCA Victor. Others 
present new color film techniques 
and special effects. 

















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EuropeanBJ.o„ Upgrad^Depinet,^ersman Find 

I High Theater Grosses in 
Key Spots Said Compar- 
able to Receipts in the U. S. 


FILM DAILY Staff Writer 
First year following the war has 
been one responsible for high the- 
ater grosses in key European spots, 



comparable to receipts prevailing 

here, it was reported yesterday by 

(Continued on Page 6) 

Eled Loren Ryder 
SMPE President 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — At the opening ses- 
sion of the semi-annual convention 
of the SMPE announcement was 
made of the election of Loren L. 
Ryder, supervisor of the Para, studio 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Norway to Curtail 

hove in Films 

Oslo (By Air Mail)— While love is 
net out in Norway it is about to be 
curtailed insofar as films are con- 
cerned. Intensification of censorship 
here will eliminate I'Amour unnec- 
essary to the course of action. The 
long kiss is out. The long embrace, 
ditto. Films dealing with sex prob- 
lems will not be admitted. Themes 
of miscegenation will be barred. The 
new, severe restrictions are expected 
to handicap the film import business. 

CSV introduces ^^Area'* Picheting at 
Technicolor; To Pichet hy *''Iftilitary Strategy** 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
fiollywood — "Area" picketing was introduced yesterday at the Technicolor 
Lab. Five-hundred pickets, including women and children, made a peaceable 
demonstration and after demonstrating dispersed on the order of the police. 

Herbert K. Sorrell, president of the CSU, tcid a mass meeting Sunday night 
that he and other CSU reps, were unable to obtain any action from the AFL 
convention in Chicago. He said that officers of IBEW are ready to offer charters 
to lATSE unions, including cameramen, projectionists, sound men, electricians 
and laboratory wcrkers. 

Sorrell announced that picketing would now be conducted in accordance to 
"military strategy precepts" and said "we will try to comply with the law if the 
police stop being mob-busters." 

Deny Lust Move to 
Set Aside Award 

The Statutory Court yesterday 
denied the application of Sidney Lust 
to review and set aside a decision of 
the arbitration appeals board and to 
stay the effective date of the award. 
Lust, Washington circuit operator, 
won an appeal decision involving 
clearance but the decision was re- 
versed on appeal. 

In denying the petition, the court 

"The decision of the appeal board 
was invoked by the moving party 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Col. to start Prod. 
In Britain In June 

Pittsburgh Biz Rebounds; 
Strike Loss, $1,000,000 

Pittsburgh — Theater biz returned 
to nearly normal yesterday in the 
wake of the end of the four-week 
power strike which, it is estimated, 
cost local film theater operators and 
owners approximately $1,000,000. 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Columbia plans to get under way 
with production in England in June, 
Nate Spingold, vice-president, said 
yesterday upon 
his arrival from 
England on the 
S.S. Queen Eliza- 
beth. Spingold 
said the company 
now was clo;ing 
a deal for studio 
space, but he de- 
clined to comment 
on its location 
and identify the 
top studio execu- 

Two pictures 
are planned for 
the initial Brit- 
ish program. The 
first will be "The 
First Gentleman.." The second pro- 
duction has not been selected. 

Spingold went to England pri- 
(Continued on Page 6) 


Rank Alter Canadian PixTime 

Will Release 35 Features There in a Year 

William Formby Killed 
In Fall in Kansas City 

Kansas City — William G. Formby, 
veteran trade paper editor, was 
killed in a fall from the eighth floor 
of the Hotel Phillips here early yes- 
terday. His body struck a ledge on 
(Continued on Page 4) 

Toronto — J. Arthur Rank, bid- 
ding for increased Canadian playing 
time, will jump the number of his 
British pictures distributed in the 
Dominion market from the present 
18 to 35 within a year's time, it was 
disclosed here yesterday by John 

Davis stated the Rank group was 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Judges Prefer "Friends of 
Court" Procedure to In- 
tervening as Parties 

The three- judge expediting 
court in the New York equity 
case yesterday indicated that it 
would admit all prospective inter- 
venors as amicus curiae and that it 
preferred amicus curiae to interven- 
tion as parties to the suit. 

Attorneys yesterday presented 
their arguments as to why their as- 
sociation clients should be granted 
leave to become "friends of the 
court" and the judges took the mo- 
tions under advisement. 

Speaking for American Theaters 
(Continued on Page 7) 

ilish i>ix 


The maiden voyage of the S.S. 
Queen Elizabeth brought over a num- 
ber of top industry executives of 
England and the United States yes- 
terday when the largest ship made 
its initial appearance here as a lux- 
ury liner. 

Among those on board were Ernest 
Fredman, editor and publisher of The 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Court May Rule Today 
On "Outlaw" Injunction 

United Artists yesterday in New 
York Supreme Court asked Justice 
Carroll Walter for an injunction to 
compel Harry Brandt and Arthur 
Mayer to show "The Outlaw" in the 
three theaters for which it was con- 
tracted and at the same time Corpor- 
(Continued on Page 4) 

$53,186 for ^'Margie'* 
In Two Days at Roxy 

Twentietii - Fox's "Margie" toppled 
the Roxy Tiieater's all-time week-end 
"take" record, the pic, which opened 
to met. critic huzzahs, rolling up the 
unparalleled figure of $53,186 Satur- 
day and Sunday. Saturday gross was 
$27,482, while Sunday biz hit $25,- 

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cominc Rno come 

ARNOLD STOLZ, PRC national ad-publiclty 
chief, accompanies HARRY THOMAS to the 
Coast today; they will return in two weeks. 

SAM BEKERIS, UA general manager in Ar- 
gentina, arrived in New York by plane at the 
week-end for home office conferences. 

GEORGE JENKINS has arrived in New York 
from Hollywood to spot background shots for 
the next Goldwyn production, "The Bishop's 
Wife." Jenkins will be here two weeks. 

WILLIAM B. DAVID, producer is In Mexico 
City on a business trip. 

DON HAYNES, manager of Tex Beneke and 
the Glenn Miller orchestra will plane back to 
New York Friday from the Coast. 

ANDREW STONE will sail from New York 
Friday for London to arrange distribution for 
"Bachelor's Daughters" and "Nip and Tuck." 
Stone will return to Hollywood early in De- 

F. A. BATEMAN, Screen Guild's general sales 
manager, returned to Hollywood by plane yes- 
terday from Albuquerque, N. M., after other 
stops in Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Chicago and 
Kansas City. 

LILLI PALMER has returned to the Warners' 
studio following a New Ycrk visit. 

IRVING RAPPER, Warners' director, Is due 
to arrive in New York tomorrow by plane from 
a foreign trip that included France, England, 
Belgium and Switzerland. 

HERMAN GOLDBERG, purchasing agent and 
supervisor of main'enance for Warners' ex- 
changes, is in N;w Haven, where a new branch 
office building is nearing completion. 

SABU is vacationing at Miami Beach fol- 
lowing his return via a Pan American World 
Airways Clipper from Belem, Brazil. 

NORMAN ELSON, vice-president of Trans- 
Lux Theaters Corp., left Saturday for Miami on 
a 10-day vacation. 

DR. HERBERT T. KALMUS, Technicolor films 
prexy, is a Chicago visitor. 

ED HINCHY, Warner playdate department 
head, is in Cleveland. 

Wanger-Goetz Plan Series 
For U-I from Street Novels 

IVcst Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Walter Wanger and 
William Goetz, Universal-Interna- 
tional production chiefs, are cur- 
rently discussing- a production plan 
which calls for the same stars and 
supporting cast for three, and pos- 
sibly four, pictures based on a sei'ies 
of novels by James Street. "Tap 
Roots" is the name of the work. 

Wanger owns film rights to the 
original novel. He plans to pur- 
chase the remaining two of the tri- 
logy. "Oh, Proinised Land" and 
"By Valour and Arms." A fourth, 
untitled sequel, is now being written 
by Street. If the deal is consum- 
mated it would require placing play- 
ers under contract for a period to 
cover all four pictures. Wanger 
plans to do the stories in Technicolor. 
The historical period of "Tap Roots" 
covers 1857-65. 

Al Rosenberg Is 
Dead in Seattle 

Seattle — Al Rosenberg, 53, vice- 
president of Evergreen Theaters, 
Inc., and secretary of Evergreen 
State Amusement Corp., died here 
of a heart attack in Providence Hos- 
pital after an illness of several days. 

Rosenberg, identified with theater 
interests in Minneapolis before com- 
ing to this area, is survived by his 
widow. Sue; a son, Robert; his sis- 
ter, Lillian Goldsmith; and three 
brothers, Mike, Louis and Jack. 

ARTHUR SACHSON, general sales manager, 
Samuel Goldwyn Prods., returned to New York 
yesterday from a two-week field trip, visiting 
Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco and Los Angeles. 

PEGGY ANN GARNER, 20th-Fox star, arrived 
in New York yesterday from the Coast. 

NETT and WALTER WANGER will leave Friday 
on the first Eastward voyage of the Queen 
Elizabeth. They will take part in a command per- 
fcrmance in England. 

BOB ENGEL, general sales manager for the 
DeVry Corp., just returned from an extended 
three-week business trip to the Paciric Coast. 

J. S. JOSSEY, of Hygienic Prods., Cleveland, 
flew cut to the Coast over Ihe week-end to 
confer wilh Kroger Babb, his partner, who pre- 
ceded him. 

DOROTHY FREEMAN, of Cleveland, secretary 
to Loew theater division manager, Charles Ray- 
mond, is spending a two-week vacation in Bir- 
mingham, Ala. 

BEN HENRY, general rep. for Universal-In- 
ternational in Great Britain, has arrived In New 
York from London. 

WiLLIAM LYON, of M-C-M's studio pub:icity 
department, has returned to the Ccast after a 
vacation in the East. 

MALVIN WALD will arrive In Hollywood to- 
day from New York. 

JED HARRIS returned to New York from 
Toronto yesterday. 

MARY CHASE, author of "Harvey," her hus- 
band and three sons sail on the Anerica to- 
morrow for London. 

C. H. (BUCK) WEAVER, Oklahoma City 
branch manager for Paramount, has arrived In 
town for home office sales talks. 

SID MHSIBOV, Paramcunt's assistant explo:ta- 
tion manager, is back from Cincinnati. 
. MARY K. DODSON, Paramount studio stylist, 
has arrived in town Irom the Coast. 

ULRIK F. SMITH, Paramount's Philadelphia 
branch manager, has returned to his home 
territory after home office sales conferences. 

ROSE KLEIN BELL, cf M-G-M's hon-e office 
sta;istical department and her husband, CHARLES 
BELL, field auditor for the company, are va- 
cationing in Florida. 

reprints and importations, returned yesterday 
from a tour of West Coast exchanges. 

CHARLES C. MOSKOWITZ, loew's vice-presi- 
dent and treasurer, got back from the Coast 

M. L. SIMONS, editor of M-C-M's Distributor, 
returned yesterday from a three-week Coast 

AL SCHILLER, assistant to Walter L. Titus, 
Jr., in charge of Republic branch o::erations, is 
currently visiting the Chicago branch and will 
later visit Denver, Salt Lake, Portland, Seattle, 
San Francisco, Los Angeles and Kansas Cily. 

Jack Cohn to be Guest at 
Col. Int. S. A. Convention 

Mexico City (By Wire) — Ja 
Cohn, exec. v.-p. of Columbia, w 
be guest of honor at Columbia Pi 
tures InternationalCorp., here, wh' 
it holds its first regional Lati 
American convention, starting t' 

Joseph A. McConville, Y^-^^ c 
Columbia Int.., will greet tLt.ej^ek 
gates meeting in executive sessio 
and discuss new season distrib. plan 
Other execs, here from the U. ' 
for the convention will includ 
Arnold M. Picker, Bernard Zeemai 
Sigwart Kusiel, David A. O'Mallej 
Ben Astor and Alexander Lapinei 

Defendants Will Appeal 
Jackson Park Decision 

Chicago — Despite rumors to the 
contrary, Myles Seeley, attorney for 
the film distributor-defendants in the 
Jackson Park Theater case, will ap- 
peal the decision of Judge Michael 
Igoe to the Appellate Court just as 
soon as the necessary papers are 

Callahan Named Aide to 
D. John Phillips at Para. 

Joseph Callahan succeeds Stanley 
Hode as assistant to D. John Phil- 
lips, publicity head of Para.'s shorts 
and newsreel, Oscar A. Morgan, 
sales chief of shorts and news, an- 
nounced yesterday. Hode resigned 
to join the Myer P. Beck Organiza- 
tion, where he will handle special 

Benjamin Levin, Industry 
Pioneer in N. Y., Dead 

Funeral services were held at th 
Park West Chapel yesterday after 
noon for Benjamin Levin, industr 
pioneer, whose death occurred at hi 
home here Saturday. Interment foi 
lowed in Riverside Cemetery. 

Father of Jack H. Levin, vice-pres 
ident and general manager of Con 
fidential Reports, Levin operated th 
Lenox Film Exchange here in 1912 

Edward Moyse Dead; 
Funeral Rites Today 

Private funeral services will b( 
held this afternoon for Edwan 
Moyse, 78, president of Peerless Filn 
Processing Corp. Moyse died Sun 
day, at his home in Manhasset, L. I 
Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Carrii 
Moyse; his son, Lt. Kern Moyse; i 
sister and two brothers. 

KATO Against Local 
Checkers, Percentage Pix 

Louisville — Resolutions opposing 
local checkers and percentage pic- 
tures were passed unanimously by 
KATO at its final business session 
attended by 75 members. 

Schuttenhelm Dies on Coast 

IVest Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — William E. Schutten- 
helm, who retired a year ago as a 
Detroit theater manager to make his 
home on the Coast, is dead from a 
heart attack. Body is enroute to 
Detroit for interment. 

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Major Company Releases for Europe 

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Tuesday, October 22, 194 



Kuykendall Funeral 
Rites Held In Miss. 

Columbus. Miss. — With the funeral 
rites and burial yesterday of Ed 
Kuykendall, the industry lost one of 
its most colorful 
figures. Kuyken- 
dall rose from a 
destitute orphan 
to one of the most 
important men in 
the industry. At 
the time of his 
death he was 
president enieri - 
having served as 
president from 
1933 until last 
June. Services 
were held from 
his residence and 
burial followed at 
Friendship Ceme- 

Kuykendall was born in 1887 at 
Red Banks, Tenn., where he attended 
school until he was 12. For nine 
years before coming to Columbus, he 
worked in all phases of show busi- 
ness, playing dramatic roles and per- 
forming in carnival sideshows. He 
naarried Ophelia McGee in 1924. He 
formed the first Southern theater 
owners Association in 1913 and later 
headed the Tri-States Theater Own- 
ers Association. 

Prominent in civic and financial 
circles in Columbus, Kuykendall 
-erved for many years as a director 
of the National Bank of Commerce, 
was a past president of the Rotary 
Club and Chamber of Commerce and 
was active in other civic i^rojects. He 
was awarded a silver cup by The 
Commercial Appeal for having ren- 
dered the most meritorious service 
to his community. 

In addition to his widow, he leaves 
a son, Ed. Jr., and a daughter, Mrs. 
Ed. Keeton. 

PCCITO Wir^s~Sympathy 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — All of the officers of 
the PCCITO yesterday wired Fred 
Wehrenberg, pres. of the MPTOA, 
expressing their deepest sympathy 
for the MPTOA and the loss of its 
long-time leader, Ed Kuykendall. 

Leslie, Curliz General Manager 

IVest Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Michael Curtiz has 
signed .Jacques Leslie as general 
manager of Michael Curtiz Prods. 
Leslie has been legal adviser to the 
Feldman Agency. 


Oct. 22 

Constance Bennetr Mitzi Green 

Joan Fontainp Bela Lugosi 

John Sutton 


Skouras Will Head 
Greek Relief Board 

Tuesday's TattUngs 

• • • THE PERSONAL TOUCH: Gens. Curtis E. LeMay and Em- 
mett "Rosy" O'Donnell are sponsoring a special press screening of the 
Warner-distributed "The Last Bomb" this olternoon. at the WB home 
office. ... • William Goldman is reported purchasing WDAS, Phila- 
delphia, for S400,000. ... • Sir Alexander Korda will donate the 
American Premiere of "Children of Paradise," which opens at the Laurel 
in Hollywood Nov. 15. to a fund for the rebuilding of Calais. . . . 

• Nat Wolf, Warner Cleveland zone mnaager, has been selected as the 
Man of the Week by the Carter Hotel there, and his photo currently 
graces the lobby. He is the first industry-ite to be so honored. . . . 

• Nina Foch is quitting Hollywood to make her Broadway debut, in 
the femme lead of "The Whole World Over," which Walter Fried will 
produce. ... • The Ricketts family is certainly represented on the 

Des Moines Film Row The new secretary for PRC is lean Ricketts, 

wife of Jimmy Ricketts, the Republic booker .... Daddy Jimmy Ricketts, Sr. 
is a salesman for Universal. ... • Dorothy Malone will cover the 
British Command Performance for Screen Guide. ... • Ed Fischer, 
Loew's theater publicity director in Cleveland, is working on the script 
based on the life of Annette Ksllermon, with Esther Williams in m'nd to 
play the famed Australian swimmer. ... • Send congrats. to UA's 
trade contact, Lou Barasch It's a new Pontiac, which arrived yes- 

Stuart Aarons Elected 
Warner Club President 

Stuart H. Aarons, member of 
Warners legal staff, was elected 
president of the Warner Club at the 
annual meeting of the organization 
held Saturday at the home office. 

Other officers elected include Rob- 
ert A. McGuire, vice-president; Ber- 
nard Rosenzweig, vice-president in 
charge of membership; Ruth Weis- 
berg, vice-president in charge of 
welfare; Fred Stengl, vice-president 
in charge of claims; Harry Mayer, 
vice-president in charge of social 
activities; Robert iSalomons, trea- 
surer, and Theodore R. Kupferman, 

The new executive committee con- 
sists of Phil Abrahams, Frank E. 
Cahill, Jr., W. V. Brooks, R. W. 
Budd, Zeb Epstin, Syd Goldberg, Joe 
Goldstein, Bernard R. Goodman, Leo 
Haas, Sam Kahn, L. J. Kaufman, 
Frank Kiernan, Charles Kontulis, T. 
J. Martin, W. Stewart McDonald, 
Mollie Negri, Elkan Reiner, Harold 
Rodner, Bernard Rosenzweig, Sam- 
uel Schneider, William Schoenfelder, 
Joseph Spray, Joe Tisman, Ruth 
Weisberg, Jack Wuhrman and the 
following past-presidents: Max B. 
Blackman, Nat D. Fellman, Ed 
Hinchy, John Holmes and Jules 

I. H. Birnbaum is administrative 
secretai-y of the club. 

Mandell to Eagle-Lion 

Chicago — Harry Mandell, who re- 
cently resigned from Film Classics, 
has returned from a plane trip to 
""fiami, and takes over the Eagle- 
Lion here on Nov. 11. 

Court May Rule Today 
On "Outlaw" Injunction 

(Continued from Page 1) 

ation Counsel Bennett asked for the 
revocation of the license for "The 
Outlaw" because of the nature of the 
advertising on the picture. Specific 
objection was to an advertisement 
of the picture in the New York 
Journal American on June 15. 

Judge Walter granted License 
Commissioner Fielding the I'ight to 
file a brief of amicus curiae. The 
judge withheld a decision until today 
to give Fielding an opportunity to 
prepare and submit the brief. 

Edward Raftery, president and 
counsel for UA, said the entire action 
insofar as the company was con- 
cerned was to compel the theaters to 
proceed with their contract. 

A petition for a review of the case 
was submitted hy Fielding to the 
Board of Regents, the Motion Pic- 
ture Division of the State Depart- 
ment of Education and the Attorney 
General of the state. 

Robert Young Dead 

Columbus, O. — Robert Young, 83, 
veteran showman, died after a long 
illness. Pioneer in the exhibition 
field. Young opened the Princess 
Theater in 1906 and at various times 
operated the Victoria, in the Board 
of Trade building; the Broadway; 
the Priscilla, Cleveland; one in 
Youngstown, and opened the first 
film house in West Jefferson. He 
built the latter. 

Chicago — Spyros P. Skouras hd 

resigned from the presidency of tli 

Greek War Relief Association aft^ 

serving 2: *'hi 


. thl 

' capacity v^^j 
last six years, 
- was announced 

the annual meeij 

' ing of the organ 

' ization at th| 

Palmer Hous( 

Skouras, who wil 

become chairmaj 

of the board, wil 

] be succeeded bj 

J William Helis 

New Orleans o^ 


A dinner ii 
honor of Skoural 
was proposed hi 
acclamation a\ 
$1,000 per plate, for the Greek Wal 
Relief. It is planned to take place ii 
New York around the first of thi 
year, simultaneous with the start ol 
a new $12,000,000 drive by the asso| 


William Formby Killed 
In Fall in Kansas City 

(Continued from Page 1) 

the fifth floor, where it lay until 
noticed by occupants of a room oi 
that floor. He had been dead apl 
proximately an hour when found| 
the coroner reported. 

Formby, who recently held an edi-l 
torial post with Motion Picturd 
Herald, had been in Los Angeles! 
He arrived Saturday in Kansas Cityl 
where he was well-known as a for-f 
mer long-time employe of Boxofficel 
He formerly was editor of BoxofRcq 
in New York. 

He is survived by his wife, AnneJ 
and a daughter, Barbara Ann. 

lATSE Locals Merge 

Peoria — Local 75, Pekin, HI., is*] 
about to be merged with Peoria 
Local 43. 



Jerry Evans of Universal's special 
events department will be married 
to Ina D. Rosenberg of Brooklyn, on 
Sunday, at the Ambassador Hotel, 
in New York. Dr. Joseph Zeitlin of 
Temple Ansche Chesed will officiate. 
The couple will spend their honey- 
moon in Miami Beach and Havana. 


Marion Barton and William Thor- 
man, both members of RKO The- 
atres' publicity department, were 
married Saturday at the Trinity 
Baptist Church. The couple will 
honeymoon in the Poconos. 






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Tuesday, October 22, 194 

European Biz on 
Upgrade— Depinet 

(Continued from Page 1) ^^ 
Xed E. Depinet, executive vice-pres- 
ident of RKO, and Phil Reisman, 
vice-prexy in charge of foreign rela- 
tions for RKO Radio. They returned 
last Friday from a European tour. 
Revenue is on the upgrade, they 
agreed, and predicted monies would 


"Well, boy s^ just so it. won't be 
a total loss — you re coming up 
here this morning, here's a couple 
of books," said !\ed E. Depinet 
terminating yesterday's industry 
press interiieic. The tomes were 
"So Well Remembered/' by James 
Hilton and "The White Tower," 
by James Ramsay Lllman. RKO 
is making film versions of both. 

"If we were selling Scotch, 
you'd each get a bottle," injected 
Phil Reisman, who was sitting 
across the room. 

soon start flowing here when blocked 
currency restrictions are lifted. 

The boom in France is emphasized 
in the mushroom growth of 16 mm. 
locations, Reisman said. There are 
over 3,Q00 such installations in 
France. As a natural outgrowth of 
post-war exhibition in France, Reis- 
man predicted once normalcy re- 
turned 16 mm. would fade somewhat. 
Its present popularity is due to the 
construction problems confronting 
the French exhibitor. 

Depinet and Reisman visited Ire- 
land, England, France, Belgium, 
Italy and Switzerland. 

English Face Gigantic Task 

It was Depinet's first trip abroad. 
He found Paris a delight. "People 
are glum in England," he said and 
attributed this to the gigantic task 
confronting them in their applica- 
tion to post war problems. "Italy has 
damn fine food," he said. It was not 
expensive either, lie added. 

In Paris Depinet and Reisman at- 
tended a reception on the "Golden 
Silence" set at the Joinville Studios 
where Rene Clair is directing the pic- 
ture and Maurice Chevalier is the 
featured player. It is being pro- 
duced by RKO as is "So Well Re- 
membered," featuring Martha Scott, 
Richard Carlson and two prominent 
British players in the Denham Stu- 
dios, near London. 

Depinet and Reisman held meet- 
ings with the company's personnel 
in the larger cities on the Continent. 
In Switzerland they met the troupe 
shooting exteriors for "The White 


Bank After Canadian PixTime 

Will Release 35 Features There in a Year 

(Continued from Page 1) 

producing 17 features in the U. S. 
at present time, while other suitable 
product was being bought. 

It was Rank's desire to produce 
features in the Dominion with Ca- 
nadian background, Davis declared, 
and he referred to forthcoming prod- 
uct from Australia. 

With regard to talent, the Rank 
exec, said some Hollywood stars 
want to go to England because of 
personal freedom enjoyed by stars 

Odeon 4-Year Building Plan 

Dealing with Canadian situation, 
it was stated that Odeon Theatres 
of Canada had drawn up a four-year 
construction program calling for 64 
new theaters, the cost aggregating 
$6,000,000. The circuit is already 
operating 105 theaters in the Do- 
minion, Davis said, adding that 15 
units were actually under construc- 
tion, including a principal first-run 
house in Toronto which is scheduled 

for completion early in 1948. Other 
large Odeons are being built in 
Montreal, Ottawa, London and Vic- 
toria, with others of suburban t>T)e 
under way. 

So. Amer, Rank Revenue 

Davis said while there are no 
Odeon theaters in South America, 
revenue from distribution of Rank 
product in that continent was ex- 
cellent. British pictures were play- 
ing throughout British zone in Ger- 
many and elsewhere in Europe, with 
Rank exchanging six features year- 
ly with Russia. 

One Odeon theater has been 
started in Lisbon. Portugal, and 
further expansion outside of the 
British Empire was being dealt with, 
it was said. 

Davis added that Rank was not 
forcing British product on any coun- 
try' and that the industrj' in Britain 
was free of political pressure from 
the government. 

Col, to start Prod. 
In Britain in June 

(Continued from Page 1) 

marily to set the premiere of "The 
Jolson Storj'" in London. Picture 
opens at the Tivoli and New Gallery 
on Nov. 10. 

Refuting reports that the British 
oress was prejudiced against Amer- 
ican pictures, Spingold said he found 
"he London papers to be fair, prais- 
ing the good pictures and criticising 
the poor ones. 


City motion picture business with capital of 
200 shares no par value stock, three shares SMb- 
scribed. Incorporated at Albany by Isidore Levine, 
Lilian Portn<;ff Betty Brenner. 

Tower," which the company is also 
to release. 

Finds Encouraging Sign 

An encouraging sign in European 
•rrade and life was discovered by 
Oepinet in Belgium where the 
borders linking Holland and Luxem- 
bourg have been opened giving busi- 
nessmen and travelers opportunity 
for free trade and the minimum of 
'•ed tape which was prevalent before 
the war. 

"We're in the entertainment busi- 
ness, not propaganda," Depinet said, 
when the topic of possible resent- 
ment by Europeans, particularly the 
French, of our way of living is shown 
on the screen. "I found no ill feel- 
■ng toward our films. Instead they 
were marked successes and the peo- 
nle were very enthusiastic about such 
films as 'Bambi,' *Pinocchio,' 'The 
Bells of St. Mary' and 'Fantasia'." 
Films playing the foreign market, he 
Dointed out, were carefully selected 
not to offend anybody. He granted 
"here were isolated instances but 
self-imposed limitations by Amer- 
ican distributors kept this aspect to 
a minimum and thei-e was no need by 
European exhibitors to rent second- 
rate films. 

Depinet motored from Paris to 
Brussels. He saw the memorial to 

Deny Lust Move to 
Set Aside Award 

(Continued from Page 1) 

voluntarily as a part of the industry 
arbitration system set up by consent. 
The moving party was in no •nise re- 
quired to submit its rights to the 
arbitration tribunal, but having in- 
voked it, is bound by the result which 
under the terms of the arbitration 
rules adopted pursuant to the terms 
of the decree must be accepted a- 
final and, therefore, cannot be re- 
ceived by application to the U. S. 
District Court. 

"Irrespective of the foregoing, the 
iurisdiction of the court is limited to 
a consideration of the %iolation of 
^he Sherman Anti-Trust Act by the 
-iefendants named as set forth in 
pleadings and remedies therefore, 
and cannot be regarded as extending 
to an attempted proceeding in the 
-listrict court by indi^^duals and de- 

Pittsburgh Biz Rebounds; 
Strike Loss, $1,000,000 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Loss was largely confined to the 
down town theaters, nabe business 
holding well during the strike 

Downtown biz during the strike 
was off up to 60 per cent. 

Indie union employes of the Du- 
ouesne Light Co. voted Sunday 
afternoon to submit the dispute to 
arbitration. .Arbitration motion was 
carried by a two-thirds vote. 

American war dead at Chateau 
Thierry. In Reim* he and Reisman 
"i ited a French family with whom 
Phil Reisman, Jr. was billeted for 
six months after he was wounded. 

Eiect Loren Ryder 
SMPE President 

(Continued from Page I) 

dubbing dept., as president; Earl .j 
Sponable, exec. v.-p. of C. R. Keith 
editorial v.-p.; W. T. Kunzmar. ^:>or 
vention v.-p.; G. T. Loranc^^^'^ :r' 
tary; E. A. Bertram, treasurer. 

The East Coast is represented o 
the board of directors by David I' 
Joy, R. M. Corbin; the West Coast 
represented by. C. R. Daily, H. \^ 
Moyse, and John W. Boyle. 

Capt. John G. Bradley, director C' 
the motion picture division of thi 
Library of Congress, said in an in 
terview that the library has 46,000. 
300 pieces of film in its collection 
including the famous Ufa collectioi 
of 26,000,000 pieces. 

Life of Acetate Film 

Capt. Bradley also said that tht 
safety acetate film has a ilie of f ron 
300 to 500 years and can be dupli- 
cated and perpetuated from 3,000 t^ 


West Coast Bur., THE FILM DAILY 
Hollyioood — Wartime technical 
devices recently adapted for use 
in film production will be dem- 
onstrated for the first time tonight 
at a "Paramount Night" of the 
60th semi-annual convention oj 
the SMPE. Dr. C. R. Daily of 
the studio's engineering depart- 
ment is chairman of the session. 
Participating in the symposium 
will be G. L. Stancliff, Jr., J. A. 
Whit°, Gordon Jennings, G. S. 
Perkins, Farciot Edouart, R. C. 
Kupfer, Ivyl Burks, C. E. Sutter, 
Fred Geiger and Hal Corl. 

5,000 years. While here he will con- 
fer with key men of the industry. 

Capt. Bradley said a bill will be. 
submitted to the coming session off 
Congress calling for a budget of:: 
?o, 000, 000. The outlay, among other i, 
things, will be for an elaborate vault i: 
system and a laboratory. ;t 

Incidentally, in discussing work of fl' 
the Army Air Force covering the- 
atom bomb tests at Bikini, Lt. Col. ! 
Richard J. Cunningham, of the f 
Wright Field, Dayton, 0., disclosed ' 
.hat 328 cameramen were used in the 
air alone; that 366,000 feet of m.p. 
film was exposed by the Army Air ^ 
Forces in the two explosions with a '- 
total of 1,500,000 feet in practice 
missions and general ground and air ^ 
coverage of the operations. 

Nathan D. Golden, chief m.p. coun- 
sel of the Department of Commerce 
is attending the convention as web _^ 
as Chester Ljmdstrom, chief of the "^ 
m.p. division of the Dept. of Agricul- 
ture. I 

Among the papers read was one on 
"The 3Iotiograph Double A Projec- 
tor" by Emil J. Weinke, of Motio- 
graph, Inc., Chicago. 

Rovenstein Opens Comet 

Bourbon, Ind. — Gene Rovenstein 
has opened his new Comet Theater 
here. House seats 400. 

Tuesday, October 22, 1946 

Uicus Aneptance 
jidkated by Court 

(Gintinued from Page 1) 
Bsociation, Thurman W. Arnold 
,jld the coui't the independent ex- 
'jbitors did not have adequate repre- 
!int n and that "legal rights were 

Ike . .vay" by the proposed decree. 

e said the Grovernment's proposals 
tould compel indies to bid against 
jch other and that the court had 
I'tempted to introduce competition 
17 telling innocent parties that they 
pd to compete. He said the burden 
•uld not be put on the independents 
ig-ally to furnish competition. When 
pups are unequal, he said, and 
•pply is limited, there can be no 
jue competition. Arnold insisted 
lat results of the court's errors 
ould destroy the protection of the 
dependent operators. Competitive 
idding does not create a competi- 
ve market, he said; instead it will 
eate a monopoly in a situation of 

Williams Concurs With Arnold 

. Paul Williams, representing the 

puthern California Theater Owners 

ssociation, concurred with Arnold, 

Iding that competitive bidding 

ould remove every element of sta- 

ility and declaring that Califoraia 

■dependents were selling their the- 

:ers for fear that auction would be 

le new sales policy of the industry. 

e said Congress not the courts 

lould make the regulations. 

Louis Frohlich, speaking for Col- 

iibia, said he had no objection to 

itervention by the associations and 

Sat he believed the associations 

lould be heard and should have such 

andin? as to be heard in the Su- 

reme Court. 

Morris Ernst, speaking for the So- 

ty of Independent Motion Picture 

'roducers, told the court that the 

idependent producers could not con- 

['■ol the market and that SIMPP 

iiould be exempted from the rul- 

;-gs. Attorney for Vanguard Film? 

nid that Vaneuard would be harmed 

■In-iously if "Duel in the Sun" were 

tevented from being roadshown. 

: Mosque Affainst Cross-Licensing 

- Attorney for the Mosque Theater 

u Newark said the five major com- 

iianies should not be permitted to 

|-oss-license their product if auc- 

^on selling should be ordered. 

I Herman Levy, representing thp 

,[ PTOA, attacked auction selling anc' 

jdded that the court should not denv 

, aehinery for arbiti-atio'n. He said 




jILRON OVERMAN, PRC exploiteer, Dallas ter- 

E TAYLOR, manager, the Springs Theater, 

' Tampa. 

'.EN RAMSEY, manager, Rosedale Theater, De- 

MRLES WHITAKER, assistant manager, Rose- 
dale Theater, Detroit. 
CK SAGE, manager, Vogue Theater, Detroit. 

:ORCE SIECEL, Metro salesman, transferred 
to Albany exchange from New Haven. 

RRY RANSDELL, operator. Fordson Theater, 
Dearborn, Mich. 

Mexico io ^^Protect' industry 

Aleman May Ask Laws to Restrict U. S. Pix 


FILM DAILY Staff Writer 
Eestrictive legislation aimed 
against Hollywood product in Mexico 
is possible because incoming Presi- 
dent Aleman is strongly interested in 
developing and protecting the Mex- 
ican film industry, Gilberto Galindo, 
intimate of the president-elect, told 
The Film Daily. 

Galindo is visiting the States for 
the purpose of buying color as well 
as black-and-white film. With Colum- 
bia Sileo of New York he recently 
organized the Inter-Continental Co. 
to produce documentaries and other 
shorts to be distributed by the Mex- 
ican government at home and abroad. 
Also scheduled for I-'C's production 
is Mrs. Sileo's first-hand account of 
■'Tiajuana Susie," story of the 
hieroine's 17-year struggle to regain 
and grabbed by the Mexican gov- 
arnment. Oddly enough, Mexican 
authorities are eager for its filmiza- 

Enjoy Present Advantages 

Galindo admitted that American 
llm companies organizing now in 
Mexico would enjoy several ad- 
vantages; any future restrictive 
legislation would not affect them; 
for the first five years of business, 
here would be no levying of income 
axes; excellent labor-management 
relations exist. 

Galindo strongly favors formation 
of an American-Mexican producers' 
association. "Competition and co-op- 

eration should go hand in hand," he 
said. "With an interchange of infor- 
mation and technics, both should 
benefit," he averred. Galindo said 
there was a present dearth in Mex- 
ico oi American-trained film tech- 

He explained that among the rea- 
sons why Mexico grabbed the Latin 
film market was that "Hollywood fell 
asleep." Also, Mexican producers 
know that the Spanish-speaking na- 
tions prefer heavy drama, realism, 
and musicals with a South American 
or Mexican background. Latins 
don't care for sophisticated comedies. 
Mexicans still prefer American films, 
though the native product has been 
gaining ground in the past five years. 

Movie admission prices range from 
two to six pesos (from 42 cents to 
$1.25). Amusement taxes, paid by 
the exhibitor, are 15 per cent of the 
gross to the Federal government, 
and 13 per cent of the 15 per cent to 
the state government. 

Suggests Industry Liaison 

Galindo suggested that in view of 
the rising Mexican competition, the 
American industry should have a 
broad-visioned liaison man in Mexico 
who could mediate for the American 

Galindo had high praise for Holly- 
wood'.s sympathetic portrayal of 
Latin types. He illustrated ' Easy to 
Wed" and "Perilous Journey" as 
films that were favored by his 

War Dept. Certificate 
To Alan Freedman 

Alan E. Freedman, president of 
De Luxe Laboratories, received the 
War Department Certificate of Ap- 
preciation yesterday, at a ceremony 
held at the Signal Corps Photo- 
graphic Center in Long Island City. 
A luncheon, in Freedman's honor, 
ollowed the ceremony. 

New Wael-Tex Operating 

Waelder, Tex. — Lynn Smith and L. 
J. Piwetz have opened the Wael-Tex, 
a 400 seater. A J. Blanton has been 
named manager. 

arbitration was preferred to litiga- 

Abram F. Myers, speaking briefly 
on behalf of the Conference of Inde- 
Dendent Exhibitors' Associations, 
=;aid that auction bids should be on a 
flat rental basis and agreed that 
-•ompetitive bidding should be com- 
bined with a ban on cross licensing. 

Most of the oral argument was 
based on the printed briefs submit- 
ted by the associations. The court 
today will hear arguments on the 
proposals for a final decree. 

Girls End Tour 

Birmingham, England — The Gold- 

wvn Girls wound up their remark- 
able 1,200-mile good-will tour 
■^hrough the British provinces here 
Thursday before the largest crowds 
of their entire trip so far. 

Century Circuit Will Base 
Campaigns on Polls 

Future advertising, exploitation 
and publicity campaigns of the Cen- 
tury Circuit will be based upon 
opinion polls and customer research 
to be conducted by the circuit's own 
opinion research and survey depart- 
ment, Fred J. Schwartz, company's 
veepee announced yesterday. 

On the agenda for the new depart- 
ment will be such chores as locating 
the potential "feed" of an existing 
theater, or a new one; travel routes; 
assays of advertising media; reac- 
tions to theater service, entertain- 
ment preferences, admission price 
levels, etc.; as well as population 
breakdowns throughout the circuit 
for income, occupation. 

"I believe that the new depart- 
ment will be anti-hunch and anti- 
guesswork, and who knows, may 
even do away with the 'crystal-ball' 
type of show business," Schwartz 

Research department, housed in 
the offices of the Gentury Building 
off Times Square, will collaborate 
with Opinion Research Corp., of 
Princeton, N. J. 

British Pix Notables 
Arrive On Elizabetli 

Ampa Benefit Party 

Ampa will hold a benefit theater 
party Nov. 21 at the Ambassador 
Theater with UA's "Abie's Irish 
Rose" as the attraction. 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Daily Film Renter, and Mrs. Fred- 
man; Sir Arthur Jarratt, managing 
director of British Lion; Nate Spin- 
gold, vice-president of Columbia 
Pictures; David Rose, producer and 
former Paramount managing direc- 
tor in England; Lady Annie Yule, 
fonner chairman of British National 
and still a director of the company; 
Russell Holman, Paramount's East- 
ern production head; Cecil Bernstein, 
head of Granada Theaters; Ben 
Henry, European representative for 
Universal; Ben Goetz, Loew's top ex- 
ecutive in the United Kingdom, and 
Robert Goldstein, Universal liaison. 

Fredman's First Visit in 14 Yrs. 

Fredman is here for his first visit 
in 14 years. He reported theater 
business still at peak attendance in 
London, although a slight drop-off 
had ^ been experienced in the prov- 
inces, but in all places patronage was 
well above that of 1939. Fredman, 
who is accompanied by Mrs. Fred- 
man, is stopping at the Drake. 

Jarratt said he was here for a 
general survey of the American 
market. He said British Lion would 
distribute 10 pictures this year, five 
of which were in production, two in 
Technicolor. Herbert Wilcox will 
contribute two; Orson Welles, one; 
and others from Edward Black, An- 
thony Kimmins, George King, Carol 
Reed and Harold Frank. Each pic- 
ture is to be budgeted at from £100,- 
000 to £400,000. Jarratt brought 
over a print of the French film 
"Children of Paradise" which will be 
released under the auspices of Alex- 
ander Korda's Tricolor Films, Inc. 
Two Rose Deals Pending 

David Rose reported that he had 
two deals pending for distribution by 
American companies of pictures to 
be produced in this country. He said 
he held James Mason under an ex- 
clusive contract although Mason may 
make an outside deal. 

Ben Goetz said Metro studio would 
be ready for operations at the end 
of this year. 

Russell Holman returned from 
England where he conferred with 
Frank Farley, Paramount's produc- 
tion representative in Great Britain. 
He said Hal Wallis' first British 
picture, "For Her to See," would 
start between May 15 and June 1. 
next year. 

Robert Goldstein said he had ap- 
pointed Robert Lantz to take charge 
of Universal's stories and talent ac- 
tivities in England and to serve as a 
liaison with the studio. 


DOROTHY HARTKOPF, Inspectress at M-C-M, 

BERNICE ROBECK, filler, at 20th-Fox. Minne- 





BARI • ALAN YOUNG and Barbara Lawrence • Conrad Janis • Esther Dale • Hobart Cavanaugh • Ann Todd 

Hattie McDaniel • Directed by HENRY KING • Produced by WALTER MOROSCO • Screen Play by F. Hugh 

Herbert • Based on Stories by Ruth McKenney and Richard Bransten 


No company ever had such a line-up as 

Century- Fox 

''My Darling Clementine" • ''Anna and the King of Siam" • "Three Little 
Girls in Blue" in Technicolor • "Claudia and David" • "Smoky" in Technicolor 

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j^ 90. NO. 81 





(athvon Sees No Adverse Legislation In Mexico 

to Prexy Challenges 
ilindo View; Says Mex. 
Jiibs. Oppose a Quota 


FILM DAILY Staff Writer 
There is no likelihood of adverse 
xican legislation being directed 
dnst American films, asserted N. 
cer Rathvon, 
•sident of RKO 
a RKO -Radio, 
yesterday's in- 
;try press con- 

ilathvon dif- 
ced with Gil- 
I'to Galindo, 
lose views on 
e future of 
lerican films in 
xico were re- 
:ted exclusively 
.M Daily. Mex- 
m producer 
lindo predicted 
it since Presi- 
it-elect Aleman 


is keenly inter- 

(Continued on Page 6) 

)und on Screen 
Film Projector 


■St Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
lollywood — One of the highlights 
the second day of the SMPE con- 
ation was a paper on "Magnetic 
and in Motion Pictures" by Mar- 
Camras of the Armour Research 
(Continued on Page 3) 

jAIIieil, ITOA Meet 

On Affiliation 

Committees representing the ITOA 
and Allied met yesterday en the pos- 
sibility of affiliation. While no state- 
ment given cut following the 
meeting, reliable sources indicated 
that both sides appeared desirous 
of getting together. ITOA repre- 
sentatives reportedly asked questions 
relative to affiliation and the Allied 
men agreed to submit the questions 
to the Allied board for the answers. 


Because Production was Started Before Court Handed 
Down Opinion Has No Objection 

Robert L. Wright, special assistant 
to the Attorney General, told the 
court yesterday that he was willing 
to allow David 0. Selznick's "Duel 
in the Sun" to be roadshowed, de- 
spite the fact that his proposed final 
decree would prohibit the roadshow- 
ing of pictures. Because production 
had started on the picture before the 
court's opinion had been entered and 
because of the high budget, he said 
it might be possible to eliminate 

"Duel" by specific mention in the de- 
cree. He was non-committal on the 
future of other prospective road- 

Wright protested the intervention 
move by the Society of Independent 
Motion Picture Producers, declaring 
that its members were independent 
in production only and that they dis- 
tributed through the defendants. He 
defined a roadshow picture as one 
supported by higher admission prices 
and greater clearance. 

Ask Canadian Price 
Controls Be Ended 

Toronto — Immediate abolition of 
price controls affecting theater oper- 
ations and a return to free enter- 
prise throughout the Canadian film 
field was demanded here yesterday 
by J. E. Lawson, president of Odeon 
Theaters, in an address delivered at 
(Continued from Page 8) 

Form Para. International 
Theaters Corporation 

Paramount International Theaters 
Corp., to be a wholly owned subsid- 
iary of Paramount International 
Films, Inc., is being organized and 
(Continued from Page 8) 

Day Brief Outlines 
Auction Bid Method 

In an amicus curiae brief filed yes- 
terday by Joseph P. Day, Inc., a 
plan was outlined whereby the dis- 
tributors could carry out the com- 
petitive bidding method proposed by 
the Statutory Court. 

The adaptation of the auction 
(Continued on Page 3) 

Mono. Int. Foreign 
"Take" at $1,365,089 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 
Hollywood — Following conferences 
with David D. Home, assistant trea- 
surer and director of Monogram In- 
ternational Corp., President Steve 
Broidy announced that Monogram 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Scouis Argentine Impori Cui 

No Restrictive Action in Prospecf—Bekeris 

Free Discussions Only 
Way to End Strikes 

West Coast Bureau of THE FILM DAILY 

Hollywood — Screen Actors Guild 

has invited leaders of all AFL unions 

and guilds in the Hollywood studios 

to attend a round-table conference 

(Continued on Page 7) 


FILM DAILY Staff Writer 

Squelching rumors current in film 
export' circles here of a dra-tic limi- 
tation on the number of foreign films 
to be imported into Argentina this 
yeai', Sam Bekeris, United Artists' 
manager in the Argentine territory, 
(Continued on Page 7) 

Offer Guarantee of Some 
Run; Court Indicates a 
Modification of Auction 


Associate Editor, THE FILM DAILY 

What might be considered a 
move for the Statutory Court 
to modify its opinion in regard 

to competitive bidding was proposed 
late yesterday by Whitney North 
Seymour, trial counsel for Para- 
mount, at the decree hearings in 
Federal Court. While Seymour as- 
serted that his proposal was not 
necessarily an alternative for the so- 
called auction selling, the recom- 
mendation could strike out the com- 
(Contlnued on Page 8) 

Decision Reserved on 
"Outlaw" Injunction 

Decision was reserved yesterday 
by Justice Carrol Walter in N. Y. 
Supreme Court on a motion for an 
injunction brought by United Artists 
oo compel the management of three 
Broadway theaters to present "The 
Outlaw." The film is scheduled to 
open Oct. 26. 

The court took the case under ad- 
(Continued on Page 6) 

Waxman to Film 
Story of Lambs Club 

Hollywood — A. P. Waxman, Broad- 
way producer, was notified by Ray- 
mond Peck, Shepherd of the Lambs, 
that its council has approved a con- 
tract authorizing him to produce a 
(Continued on Page 6) 

U.K. Granada Circuit 
Enters 16 mm. Field 

London (By Cable) — Granada 
Theaters, operated by Sidney Bern- 
stein, will enter the 16 mm. ex- 
hibition field next week with seven 
mobile units. Granada is planning 
a country-wide network of sub- 
standard shows. Three mile bar on 
existing theaters will be observed. 


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iTues., Oct. 22) 

cominc flno Gomc 

JOSEPH S. HUMMEL, vice-president of War- 
ner inteinationdi in cnaige of Continental 
Lurope and aojacent, conciuoes his 
nome ottice con.eiences lomo.row and planes 
back to Paiis. 

JIMMY HODGSON, March of Time's senior 
Bntisn can.eranian, has atr.ved in N^w York 
tor a lefresner period in the Ne<v Yurk MOT 
jitic^s. He will le.Uin on the Queen bii.:.a- 
beth Nov. 14. 

RAY MiLLAND and MRS. MILLAND have ar- 
rived In Ne<v loik irom Bevjriy ni.iS, and aie 
guests at I he Waidotf-Astoiia. 

vacationing in Miami. 

FRED MEYEi^i, Universal's Eastern division 
sales manager, is making the loun^s of Fnlia- 
jciphia ana Washington this week. 

LEON BAMBtKGER, kKO sales promotion 
manager, wi.i attend ihc annual meeting of 
tne independent Allied Tneat'er 0,vneis ti 
luwa ana Nebraska in Des Moines, Oct. 28-2^. 

RICHARD MAIBAUM has returned to Hol- 
lywooa from New YorK. 

MkS. i.lAi<ENCE i-Af, have letur.iej to New 
Yoik fiom Least conteitnces on "Li.e Witn 
tather," just completed at Wa.ners' stud.o. 

W.LL.AM C. GtHRlNC, 20th-Fox Central 
saies manager, ariivej in Cinciiinati yesteraay. 
He will be there tne re.nainaer or the week. 

REC.NALD GARDINER and his wife, and 
DOt\Uinr MA.uNc, Warner player, arrive^ 
on the Centuiy yei.erday. iney win sail F.iaaj 
on tne Qjeen kii.auetn fcr a command pei- 
tormance in London. 

EDIiH HtAO, Paramount studio fashion de- 
signer, will leave Hollywood today for a two- 
week stay in New YoiK. 

JACK rLYNN, M-C-M Western manager, Is 
vacationing at Mt. Ciemens, Mich. 

IHjk MAflHtWi, of the Moticgraph Co. 
is in Hol.ywood wnere he will leaj a pape. 
on new Motiograph pro.ector mcdels bcioie 
ihe SMPE meeting. 

S. L. SEIDELNrtAN, foreign sales manager for 
PRC, has e.TibarKed Irom San trancisco on a 
tour of the Far East for the company. He wi.l 
je gone five weeks. 


High Low Close Chg. 

Am. Seat 23 227/8 227/8 — Vs 

Bell Howell I8I/4 I8I/4 18>/4 — Vl 

East. Kodak 210 210 210 — 1 

Gen. Prec. Eq 25'/2 251/2 251/2— 1/2 

Loew's, Inc 28 273/s 271/2 — % 

Paramount 313/4 301/2 313/4 + s/g 

RKO 167/g I61/2 165/8— 1/4 

Republic Picts &% 8 83/8 + % 

Republic Picts. pfd.. 15 141/4 141/4 — Vs 
20th Century-Fox ... 431/2 42 427/8 + 'A 

Universal Pict 301/2 301/2 301/2 — 1/2 

Universal Picts. pfd.. 871/2 871/2 871/2 — Va 
Warner Bros 185/8 18i'8 I81/8 — 5/8 


Monogram Picts. .. 5% 53/4 Sya 

Radio-Keith cvs. . . . 53/4 SVi 55/8 — Vs 

Sonotone Corp 334 3% i^A — Vs 

Technicolor ISVs 155/8 157/8— 1/8 

Trans-Lux 47/3 45/3 45/8— 1/3 


Bid Asked 

Pafhe Industries 71/4 8I/4 

Cinecolor 6% 6% 

L500 to Participate 
in "Night of Stars" 

More than 1,500 stars, technicians 
and musicians will participate in the 
annual '"iNight of Scars" benefic show 
for the Uniced Jewisn Appeal, which 
will be held at Madison square Gar- 
den, Nov. 12. 

Talent acceptances received in- 
clude those of Mickey Rooney, Milton 
Berle, the De Marcos, Perry Como, 
Harvey Stone, the Ink Spots, Betty 
Garrett, Kate Smith, Diosa Costello, 
Jo scattora, Carole Landis, Frances 
Langford, Jon Hall, Dean Murphy, 
the King Cole Trio, Johnnie Johnson 
-tna yutniin Reynolds. 

Also: the Music Hall Rockettes, 
the Roxy Gae Foster Girls, Fred 
Waring and his glee club, the Music 
Hall Glee Club, Stan Kenton, Les 
Brown, Al Bernie, Sophie Tucker and 
Lew Parker. 

Marvin H. Schenck is chairman 
of the producing committee which 
will meet with agents and theatrical 
managers this afternoon to discuss 
the timing of the huge show. Sitting 
in will be Robert M. Weitman, Sid- 
ney Piermont, Larry Puck, Nat 
Kalcheim, Harry Kalcheim, John 
Dugan, Arthur Knorr, Max Wolff, 
Sam Rauch and Leonard Romm. 

Para. Promotes Zigmond 

Jerry I. Zigmond, long-time em- 
ploye of Paramount, has been pro- 
moted to an executive post in the 
theater department, to assist Ed- 
ward L. Hyman, who is contact on 
operations for the Paramount part- 
ners and associates in its Northern 
group of theaters, it was announced 

Norris Wilcox, Fairbanks' 
Brother Dies; Rites Friday 

Norris Wilcox, 66, an early figure in 
the motion picture industry, and bro- 
ther of the late Douglas i?'airbanks, 
Sr., died early yesteraay at his home, 
229 E. 79ch St. 

Requiem mass will be said at St. 
Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic 
Church, 84th St. and Park Ave., at 
10 a.m. Friday, with interment fol- 
lowing in the Gate of Heaven Ceme- 

Wilcox began his career at Para- 
mount in 1917, as office manager, 
leaving there in August, 1925, to 
join United Artists. Serving first as 
UA sales manager in Brazil, and 
later as New York office manager 
and personnel director, Wilcox re- 
tired from active service six months 
ago, to become company advisor, on 
semi-active duty. 

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. 
Frances Wilcox, and a brother, Rob- 
ert P. Fairbanks. 

Young, Dietz to Lecture 
At Museum of Modem 

Chi. Thumpers Elect Lear 

Chicago — Les Lear has been 
elected president of the Tub Thump- 
ers of Chicago, succeeding Bill Green 
of the M-G-M publicity department. 

Harold Young, president of He 
Young Prods., will discuss ' 
Functions of the Producer" in 
_econd of a series of industry 
;ures at the Museum of Modem 
next Monday night. Series has 
arranged by the MPAA, with ed; 
aonal, religious and civic leadei; 
/ited to sit in. ' 

The following week, Howaia 
/ice-president of Loew's, Inc., 
speak on the problems involve , 
.naKing films for the mass audit 

John T. Doran Stricken; 
f uneral Rites Friday 

John T. Doran, 63, production 
at Film Art Studios in the Bi 
died yesterday at St. Clair's '. 
pital of a cerebral hemorrh 
Doran was well known in Eas 
production. He was vice-presi ' 
of the Motion Picture Assistant 
rectors' Union, lA, Local 161. I: 
survived by his widow and a brol 
Funeral services will be held Fr 
at Cook's Funeral Parlor, 15 
Northern Blvd. wi.h intermen 
Flushing Cemetery. 

Eric Fredman Elected to 
Imperadio Pictures Boar 

London (By Air Mail) — Eri 
Fredman has been elected to 
board of directors of Herbert 
cox's Imperadio Pictures and wi 
in charge of sales and publicity, 
peradio is now associated with ] 
ish Lion. 

Fredman is the son of Ernes) - 
Fredman, managing editor and 
lisher of the Daily Film Renter, 
presently is visiting the U. S. 

Chicago Press to Meet 
PRC Execs. Today 

Chicago — Leon Brandt, newly ap- 
pointed PRC -Eagle -Lion branch 
manager, has invited the press to 
meet Harry Thomas, PRC president, 
Arnold Stoltz, publicity and adver- 
tising head, and Arthur Jeffrey, 
Eagle-Lion director, this afternoon 
at the Ambassador Hotel. 

BANK OF AMERICA invites the accounts of all 
in the entertainment industry — workers, actors, 
stars, technicians, producers and business concerns 


iSunk of Jktntvitn 



• California's statewide bank ... 23 conveniently located ,^^ 
branches in the nation's motion picture and radio center ^ 
When you travel carry Bank of America Travelers Cheques 

Discuss Para. Sales Method ' ; 

Conferences between Hugh 0^ 
Paramount's Eastern and Sout ;; 
division sales manager, and Hi. 
Randel, New York branch mana, 
and Myron Sattler, local sales r 
ager, on the new method of sel 
screen product started yesterda 
the home office. 




Your needs supplied ef- 
ficiently with Roll, Machine 
Folded, Reserve Seats, etc. 
Samples, prices on re- ^-j 
' quest. ^ 



Sales offices in New York and 

Frineipal Cities 

<inesday, October 23, 1946 




Brief Outlines 
klion Bid Method 

(Continued from Page 1) 

Jjiod of procedure to the sales of 
ses of pictures would be accom- 
led briefly as follows: 
il. An existing organization or 
»e to be formed should be placed 
"'liarge of the procedure; the 
^ization to be approved by 
'b court. 

2. The organization should 
Ive branches in each of the 31 
(change cities, with an office 
anager who would be a li- 
nsed auctioneer. 

Ijie seller would offer his product 
iugh the local office and give a 
of qualified bidders. Buyers 
id be advised of the date and 
: of the sale with a description 
te product and a statement of the 
■jitions of the sale. The sale 
;i.d be conducted by open or sealed 
All bids would be forwarded 
iihe auctioneer to the seller who 
[Id have the right to accept or 
ji:t bids within five days of the 
The seller would then advise 
iBuctioneer of his decision. And 
pe would be sent to qualified 

ae Day company told the court 
it could not conceive of any 
Cksition to the basic plan from the 
[istry itself in the light of the 
t's requirement that free and 
bidding be permitted in the 
of motion pictures, 
'nef was filed by Jennings & Ken- 
attorneys for Joseph P. Day, 

ft Test Equipment 
Speed Tele Sets 

'licago — Accelerated mass manu- 

ire of tele sets and transmitters 

uniform standards are assured, 

jl test equipment now being made 

;[able by RCA, W. W. Watts, 

■pre:ident in charge of RCA en- 

"ering products department an- 

iced yesterday at the 24th annual 

f'ention of the National Associa- 

1^ of Broadcasters, meeting here. 

,ie test equipment is composed 

ntiree inter-related units: a syn- 

jnizing generator, timing center 

'ntial in all studios and in the 

bfacture of television equipment; 

Dno:cope camera, which delivers 

■st picture; and a distribution 

:lifier, which amplifies and mixes 

iciming pulses of the synchroniz- 

1' generator and impulses of the 
oscope camera for delivery to the 
ral test positions on the produc- 
J line. 


Oct. 23 
Sally O'Neil Harry Cahn 

Sarnie Zieman '^ Fred Datig 

Sim E. Morris 


A Salute to Capra 

• • • PHIL M.'s BATTERED OLD CHAPEAU is dolfed today in 

snappy salute to Frank Capra, and here's why It's just 2D years 

ago today, Oct. 23, that the first Capra-directed pic, "The Strong Man," 
starring Harry Langdon, was released under the First National banner, 

with its prem'ere at the Mark Strand Theater on Broadway In 

the two decades that have elapsed, the industry has watched a truly 
remarkable artistic grcw'Ji and, moreover, owes a debt of gratitude to 
Copra for the kind oi films he has made ...... Such pix as "Lady For 

A Day," "It Happened One Night," "Mr. Sm"th Goes To Washington," 
"Mr. Deeds Goes To Town," "Mset John Doe" and others have brought 
to audiences throughout the world the spirit and flavor of American life 

As a director, too, Capra has not only advanced his own career 

but has also he!ped bring cb:ut a greater appreciation of the director's 

contribution to the making of good films A founder of the Screen 

Directors Guild, he has striven consistently to improve standards for 
those of his croft 

T T T 

• • • WHEN CAPRA WENT INTO SERVICE, the armed forces 
had o major prob'em — that of "selling" the men in uniform on why 

they were in uniform Copra helped m'ghtily to solve this problem 

with his intelligent program of subj3cts ranging frcm "Prelude To War" 
through the "Why We Fight" series and others made by him, or 
under his supervision Now offer five years away from the busi- 
ness of making films for the theater. Copra has joined William Wyler, 

George Stevens and Samuel J. Brisk'n in Liberty Films His first 

post-war feature "It's A Wonderful L'fe," starring Jmmy Stewart, will 

be released by RKO Radio Probably what is most typicol of the 

man's zeal and industry is the manner in wh'ch he hos chosen to cele- 
brate his 21th onniversary Today will be spent in the cutting 

room finishing the iosk of editing this first Liberty production 

T ▼ T 

• • • CUFF NOTES: Denold M. Nelson, SIMPP prexy, will be 
the principal speaker at tonight's "Business Speaks" dinner of the New 
York Board of Trade, at the Waldorf. ... • Mrs. Claude Eiell and Mrs. 
Hiram Pa-ks are visiting Gotham for a wee bit of relaxation and a buy- 
ing spree Claude Ezell heads the Underwood Ezell circuit in 

Texas; Hircm Porks o''so has a theoter cha'n in the Lone Star State. . . . 

• West Side vandals robbed and wrecked the house trailer in which 
Renie Riano, Moncgram star of "Maggie and Jiggs," drove here from the 

Coast two weeks ago In addition to looting the vehicle of $5,000 

worth of clothing and jewelry, they mode off with mementos collected 
during many years and many m'les of show b:z. ... • "Blue Skies," 
in its first week at the New York Paramount, rolled up a record ot- 
tendance of 156,000. ... • Earl Loyton, treasurer of the Earle The- 
ater in Washington, is flying here week'.y to take the motion pxture 

theater management course at NYU His lore, during the course 

period, will opproximote 10 times the tuition fee. ... • Metro is now 
listing its cartoons in two categories: M-G M "Tom and Jerry" Car- 
toons, and M-G M Technicolor Cartoons. ... • With the end of the 
Pittsburgh trolley strike, theaters in the Smoky City ore returning to 

first-runs During the last three weeks, with business down 40 to 50 

per cent, programs were largely re-issues and repeats. ... • Miltcn 
Berle, Henny Youngman, and Harvey Stone will judge the Press Pho- 
tographers' annual exhibit tonight, to select the best lough-producing 
picture of the show 

r W T 

Sound on Screen 
By Film Projector 

(Continued from Page 1) 
Foundation of Chicago. He demon- 
strated that good magnetic sound can 
be placed on the screen by actual 
motion picture projectors. This is 
made possible by the new magnetic 
powder incorporated with the binder 
on the film. 

Instead of the standard emulsion, 
a thin layer incorporating this pow- 
der is used on the sound track area. 
Camras developed the magnetic pow- 
der. It is practical for motion pic- 
tures but its immediate application 
is in the amateur field. 

Commander E. Nell of the U. S. 
Navy, disclosed that the Navy is 
making available to the public 
through educational, research and 
motion picture organizations, its vast 
library of combat films. The Navy 
now has on file 25,000,000 feet of 
combat film and in addition more 
than 1,000,000 still and aerial nega- 
tives and prints covering various 
combat activities. The motion pic- 
ture, film library has been organized 
as a unit of the U. S. Naval Photo- 
graphic Center at Anacostia, D. C. 
Primary function of the film library 
will be for the use of the Navy's 
post-war program. 

The establishment of an annual 
award, sponsored by Warner Bros., 
to be presented by the SMPE to an 
individual film company for out- 
standing contribution to the motion 
picture art and industry, was an- 
nounced by Donald E. Hyndman, 
president of the SMPE. 

An addition to the SMPE honor 
roll for distribution, primarily in the 
motion picture field, went to the late 
Sam Warner. E. B. Craft and The- 
odore W. Case also disclosed that 
SMPE voted to establish chapters in 
universities and colleges. 

RCA film recording section is giv- 
ing a luncheon today for the sound 
directors of RCA sound-licensed stu- 
dios — Columbia, Walt Disney, War- 
ner Bros., RKO and Republic — at_ 
which RCA advance development en-' 
gineers will disclose new develop- 
ments in film recording equipment. 

Tele Assist Again To 
Aid Press Cover IJN 

Television will offer an assist to 
newspapermen for the second time 
today when the General Assembly 
of the United Nations convenes at 
Flushing Meadows. 

Reporters put television to profit- 
able use last Spring when the se- 
curity council met at Hunter Col- 
lege. One half of the more than 700 
reporters covering the event utilized 
tele broadcasts as their on-the-spot 
recorder of the sessions. 

The RCA Victor Division will 
supply pickup equipment including 
the new supersensitive Image Orthi- 
con camera, in conjunction with NBC 




THREE LimE ii 









Wednesday, C. joer " 19^^ 

Decision Reserved on 
"Outiaw" Injunction 

(Continued from Page 1) 

visement after License Commissioner 
Benjamin Fielding and Police Com- 
missioner Wallander joined with Wil- 
liam Brandt and Arthur Mayer in 
seeking to halt local showing of the 

In his affidavit, Fielding revealed 
he had instituted proceedings with 


London {By Cable) — Howard 

Hughes' "The Oiitlaiv" has been 

[ passed by the Censor Board 

I for shouing universally, it was 

! learned yesterday. 

Sydney (By Cable) — The Aus- 
tralian Commontcealth censor has 
passed "The Outlaw" for adult 
exhibition only. 

the Motion Picture Division of the 
State Department of Education, and 
with the Chancellor of the State 
Board of Regents to revoke the 
license granted last February to UA 
to exhibit the film. 

Censorship on Censorship 

Edward C. Raftery, UA president 
and counsel, arguing for the injunc- 
tion, stated the three theaters re- 
fused to show the film after being 
advised by Fielding their licenses 
would be revoked. 

Raftery said: "What we have here 
is an attempt to impose on top of a 
state censorship, a local censorship." 

Arthur Sheinberg, attorney for 
Brandt, in opposing the UA motion 
stated: "If the court grants this 
motion we would be forced to exhibit 
this film. If we exhibit the film we 
will then face the prospects of hav- 
ing our theaters closed. It seems 
that we are the real sufferers, not 
the plaintiff." 

Claims of Corporation Counsel 

It was pointed out by Charles 
Preusse and David Rosen of the 
corporation counsel's office, in oppos- 
ing the UA motion, that: 

1. A court of equity should not 

issue a mandatory injunction 

where compliance will result in 

the commission of a crime 


• Indianapolis — Virginia Posha, Col- 
umbia office staff, and Rene Lavoie, 
were married in Martinsville. 

Fitchburg, Mass. — Francis Fasano 
of the Cumings, Fitchburg, was mar- 
ried to Corinne Brazili. Groom is a 
son of Michael Fasano, owner of the 

Detroit — Rita Sue Kallman was 
married to Elliott Cohen, oldest son 
of Lou Cohen, Detroit circuit oper- 

No Adverse Mex, Legislation 

U.S. Producers Need Have No Fear--Rathvon 


ested in developing the Mexican film 
industry, there was a possibility that 
legislation might be introduced to 
protect cinematic interests below the 
Rio Grande. • 

The RKO head, just in from a Mex- 
ican trip, insisted that despite some 
pressure for such legislation, Amer- 
ican producers need have no fear. 
Besides, he said, the Mexican exhib- 
itors are opposed to any quota sys- 
tem, simply because American films 
are highly popular; particularly, 
heavy dramas and musicals. 

Show 50% Mexican Films 

As it is, Rathvon pointed out, over- 
all first-runs are 50 per cent Mex- 
ican. "Admissions for first-runs 


Emilio Azcarraga, principal 
partner of the Mexican group, 
sharing ownership with RKO of 
the Churubusco Studios, is one 
of the most progressive business 
men he's met, N. Peter Rathion 
told the industry press boys yes- 
terday. Azcarraga not on'y has 
holdings in radio and theaters, 
but he fervently believes that 
television will get off to a faster 
start in Latin America than it 
will elsewhere. The Mexican mag- 
nate is completing plans for the 
building of a Mexican Radio City, 
where the latest in video, films 
and radio will vie with America's 

range from four to six pesos, a lot 
of money for the relative income," 
Rathvon added. 

Rathvon reported that the Churu- 
busco Studios in Mexico City under 
construction for the past two years 
are complete, with the exception of 
the laboratories and a few minor 
details. RKO and several Mexican 
businessmen have a 50-50 joint inter- 
est in the Churubusco plant. The 
studios, Rathvon declared, have 
everything and 10 of the 12 stages 
are as big as Hollywood's. 

Rathvon said though Churubusco's 
laboratories will be well-equipped, 
processing and printing will be done 
only for product released to Latin 

from Page 6) 

While the RKO studio head was in 
Mexico City, he witnessed the com- 
pletion of the 24th picture made in 
;he Churubusco Studios. Mexican 
shooting schedules are from four to 
six weeks. These studios are open to 
American and Mexican companies 
under noi*mal arrangements, for 
service purposes. 

John Ford has already made ar- 
rangements to produce dual language 
versions of a story, tentatively 
iitled, "Fugitive," using a Mexican 
and American cast, for RKO release. 

In January, RKO will bring down 
an American cast to Mexico for the 
Technicolor-shooting of a feature 
:emporarily titled, "Tycoon." Rath- 
von was rhapsodic about Mexican 
landscapes, which were more suitable 
ihan California's for certain types of 

3 RKO Spanish-